LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being

All people–whether young or old, gay or straight, single, married or in a relationship, female or male, poor or wealthy–are welcome at St. Stephen’s. All are welcome here  just as they are—a child of God and an inheritor of God’s grace.

St. Stephen’s is a safe place where all persons are valued for their full dignity and worth. All of God’s children are welcome at St. Stephen’s. We, living fully into our Baptismal Covenant, “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 305).

St. Stephen’s was one of the first parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota to fully welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons. We have a long and dignified tradition of welcome.

Gay Marriage

On December 13, 2015, St. Stephen’s voted unanimously to seek Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (or DEPO) so that we could be allowed to provide and perform all the rites of the Church equally to all people, including same-sex marriage rites. Bishop Carol Gallagher was appointed at that time as our new bishop. Under her leadership, we will now be allowed to provide all rites equally to all people who seek them. St. Stephen’s is, at this time, the only congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota allowed to celebrate gay marriage.

Integrity

St. Stephen’s is a partner congregation of Integrity (www.IntegrityUSA.org),  a group of Episcopalians whose mission is “to be the witness of the lesbian and gay community in the Episcopal Church and of the Episcopal Church in the lesbian and gay community.”

 

 

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