Ekklesía Iwigá's Diversity Statement

 

Per the sacred teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who commands us to “love the Lord our God and our neighbor as ourselves” and by whose command the Apostles went to “teach all nations,” this Christian community affirms that the Universal Church exists for ALL people and that it must never discriminate against any human being, remembering that we have ALL been created in the “Image and likeness” of the Divine Creator.   

 

We are international and multicultural by nature and celebrate the diversity among our people, which is reflected in the diversity of liturgical practices and the use of the vernacular in the Church. Ekklesia Iwiga recognizes that the catholic Church, the body of Christ, has only one head. While acknowledging functional diversity, our community sets aside all age, ancestry, color, linguistic, disability (mental or physical),  gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation distinctions because these are subsumed in the unity and equality of the body of the Christ. 

 

As a matter of conscience, for the sake of justice, love, and compassion, and in our desire to respect the rights of ALL people.  Ekklesia Iwiga welcomes ALL persons, as the children of God, called to full Sacramental participation and equal rights in the Universal Church.