Welcoming and Inclusive
All are Welcome
Saint John’s Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people and the Episcopal Church in Colorado. For nearly four decades, Saint John’s has welcomed and celebrated the lives, loves, and sacred gifts of LGBTQI+ people. Our congregation is made of individuals and families from all different walks of life: race, sexuality, gender identity and expression, age, and nationality, and we believe all are made in God’s image and are called beloved. LGBTQI+ people in particular serve on staff, in lay leadership, and in a variety of ministries. Whoever you are, we invite you to step through our doors as your fullest self and experience the love of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
At each of our entrances, we have name badges with space for pronouns as well as pronoun buttons for guests. Please use these so that we can get to know you better.
We recognize and grieve the harm caused by the church and religious institutions against the LGBTQI+ community. We lament that this has caused many LGBTQI+ people to leave the church, or to feel as though they cannot live their lives as their fullest selves and have a relationship with God. We know also that there are LGBTQI+ people who seek a spiritual home where they are not asked to leave their identities at the door.
We believe that the Gospel is God’s Good News for all people, including the LGBTQI+ community, and that the LGBTQI+ community enlivens and enriches the life of the church.We also believe that the church’s work is to build communities rooted in the expansive, unconditional love of God, where all are seen, known, and loved. The people of Saint John’s Cathedral live into these beliefs through worship, formation, fellowship, and service. In doing so, we hope to make known to all people God’s reconciling love and mercy.
Beloved is the fellowship group for LGBTQI+ members and friends of Saint John’s. We gather together for fellowship events such as potlucks, service opportunities, and spiritual formation groups. Beloved is a space for LGBTQI+ members to deepen their spirituality in community and learn from one another.