The United Church believes that God calls people of all races, ethnicities, abilities, orientations and gender to ministry. Are there any theological or physical factors that would prevent you from welcoming any such persons to your Ministry site? Please specify and include your rationale.Certainly this is an important issue. ANd certainly people searching for new ministry locations will often want to know the answer to this (and likely explore it deeper). But are congregations who would answer yes allowed or encouraged to be honest?
We have in our denomination congregations that have passed marriage policy saying that they will only perform "traditional" (ie. not same-gender) marriages. How do they answer the welcoming question? Is there a tyranny of being seen as "open" that silences those who want to be honest about how comfortable someone might feel in their location? I honestly think that there is such a tyranny within the church. ANd even though I align on the side of openness and welcoming it is wrong to force people to pretend they are something they are not.
Or do they do as some have and name their marriage policy but then say there is no reason anyone in the above categories would not be welcomed, and seemingly not notice the inherent contradiction?