January 14 – May 31, 2019
In May 1995, the board of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America approved a Statement on Justice and Sexual Orientation.
It said, in part:
Welcoming gay and lesbian people into the life of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is, for us, a matter of justice; therefore, we pledge:
To work with our brothers and sisters to secure full civil and human rights within the larger culture and full participation within the body of Christ for those who have been excluded because of their sexual orientation;
To encourage our larger Baptist family of faith, particularly within local congregations, to engage in open and vigorous dialogue - which includes the testimonies of gay/lesbian believers along with the study of Scripture - as we seek to discern the mind of Christ; and
To oppose any action, statement or policy leading to discrimination or violence against people based on sexual orientation.
Living into that pledge for the last 20 years, the BPFNA published Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A resource for congregations in dialogue on sexual orientation. Many churches and families used this to hold deep and meaningful conversations on this issue.
The updated edition, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A resource for congregations on sexual orientation and gender identity, included updated and new information.
The BPFNA has spoken out against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and has sought to be inclusive of all.
The BPFNA rejoices that the US Supreme Court has determined that marriage equality means exactly that, and that everyone has the right to be married to the one they love.