Following the example of Jesus, the Richmond Church of the Brethren welcomes and invites the full participation of every person. We embrace diversity in age, nationality, race and ethnicity, marital and family status, gender identity and sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, educational background, socioeconomic situation, and faith experience.

- Richmond Church of the Brethren Welcoming Statement

Too often we hear the words “everyone is welcome” only to find out certain conditions or limitations apply. But that’s not the example we see in Jesus. He was willing to join anyone and everyone around the table—poor fishermen, tax collectors, Pharisees, friends and enemies alike.

In all aspects of our life together as a congregation, we strive to live into our welcoming statement. We are especially mindful of welcoming and affirming our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) sisters and brothers. While progress has been made in accepting and celebrating diversity within the wider church, many communities of faith continue to condemn LGBTQ persons or at least tolerate condemnation and exclusion through silence. We believe such actions are inconsistent with the good news of Jesus.

As a reflection of this commitment, we are a member of the Supportive Communities Network of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests, and we partner with the local PFLAG group and other welcoming congregations and communities here in Richmond.

So when we say “everyone is welcome,” we really mean it. Come visit with us and see for yourself.

Commitment to Welcome and Inclusion (PDF)
Relating to the Larger Church on LGBTQ Inclusion (PDF)
Our journey toward becoming welcoming and affirming (PDF)