L esbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
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LEAD is Church
... A connection for people who feel disconnected
... A conversation place for people who don’t know where to go to talk about gay issues in the church
... A spiritual home for those who are seeking one
... A welcome center for gay and lesbian people who are seeking a welcoming community.
VISION STATEMENT of LEAD
The Community of Saint Matthew is rich in tradition, united in mission, and blessed with diversity of culture, ethnicity, and heritage. We celebrate this diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
The St. Matthew Community in Baltimore has a long tradition of being a welcoming and inclusive faith community. With its many ministries and outreach programs, St. Matthew has begun a ministry designed to affirm the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) members of our parish family and the broader community.
St. Matthew Community is a welcoming hand of Jesus extended to LGBT parishioners, their families, and friends. LEAD ministry will provide education and clarification on matters dealing with the LGBT community.
St. Matthew LGBT Ministry (LEAD) commits to modeling a community of faith and spirit that works toward openness and understanding; LEAD strives to offer justice, healing, and wholeness of life for all God’s people. We believe that the unique diversity of the Community of St. Matthew will continue to grow and demonstrate a unity of faith that transcends our differences and celebrates the gifts we are from God, our Creator.