Welcome to all Bisexual, Transgender, Lesbian, Non-Binary, Queer, Questioning, Gay, Intersex, ACE, HIV+, and community adjacent folks! You will find warm hospitality and full inclusion here at St. Mary’s.
We have long been welcoming LGBTQ people in leadership and ministry, in marriage and in baptism. In addition, our new priest, Reverend Lindsey Briggs (she/they), is a Board Certified Chaplain with a specialty in LGBTGAI+ Spiritual Care.
Interested in marriage? Visit this page.
Interested in baptism? Visit this page.
Interested in a Spiritual Care meeting with Reverend Lindsey? Send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Episcopal Church has actively discussed sexuality for over 40 years and gender diversity in the last decade. Over that time we’ve made choices to promote the full inclusion of all of God’s people. In the last decade and a half we’ve consecrated two openly partnered bishops – The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, and The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool. Episcopal priests have also been at the forefront of queer and trans activism and theology. This includes The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, The Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward, and The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Chang. We take a lot of pride in our transformation history and choose to live lives that build on their work.
The entire Episcopal Church (which is located in the U.S. and 14 other countries) is not of one mind about full inclusion, so depending on where you are you will find different Episcopal communities with differing positions on marriage equality and the ordination of LGBTQ+ people. That’s part of what it means to be Anglican – we don’t have to agree on everything and yet we can come together in common prayer.
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) continues to be a place of active welcome for LGBTQ+ people. We are thankful for the support and leadership of our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Craig Loya and our Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, who you may know from when he officiated the royal wedding.
St. Mary’s has supported and practiced full inclusion for many decades now. We continue to learn and grow, guided by the leadership of our clergy and the wisdom of our incredible LGBTQIA+ parishioners.
We believe all people are welcome at God’s table.