What Presbyterians Believe
What do Presbyterians affirm regarding diversity and inclusiveness?
Variety of Worship: The church in its witness to the uniqueness of the Christian faith is called to mission and must be responsive to diversity in both the church and the world. Thus the fellowship of Christians as it gathers for worship and orders its corporate life will display a rich variety of form, practice, language, program, nurture, and service to suit culture and need.
Openness to Others: Our unity in Christ enables and requires the church to be open to all persons and to the varieties of talents and gifts of God's people.
Full Participation: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shall give full expression to the rich diversity within its membership and shall provide means which will assure a greater inclusiveness leading to wholeness in its emerging life. Persons of all racial ethnic groups, different ages, both sexes, various disabilities, diverse geographical areas, different theological positions consistent with the Reformed tradition, as well as different marital condition (married, single, widowed, or divorced) shall be guaranteed full participation and access to representation in the decision making of the church. [Book of Order G-4.0401-.04]