Moved by their baptismal promises to seek and serve Christ in all people, strive for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of all human beings, members of Epiphany have taken an increasingly active role in the local community. For example, during 2013, members of Epiphany actively participated in the struggle for marriage equality in Rhode Island, collecting signatures, writing letters, and speaking before state legislature and city council. Particularly because LGBTQIA+ people have served at Epiphany on all levels of parish life, including the staff and vestry, members felt called to ensure the same civil rights were possible for all of God’s children.
On June 15, 2016 Epiphany’s Vestry also formally approved the following statement describing what we have known to be true for a long time about our community’s witness to the love of God:
“The Epiphany community believes that every human being is a beloved child of God. As followers of Jesus, we believe God’s welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, economic condition, physical or mental ability. We strive to extend God’s reconciling and affirming love inviting all to pray and work for the kingdom of God to come on Earth as it is in heaven.”