Community Services - The Pilgrim Group
The Pilgrim Group of Bethel Mennonite Church was formed in 2004 after a three-year congregational Bible study and dialogue on questions raised by the reality of homosexuality. The need for a support group for LGBTQ people, their families and friends within the local Mennonite community had become clear, and the Pilgrim Group was established by the Church Council and endorsed by Bethel’s pastors and deacons.
Individuals (from many churches) attend meetings of the Pilgrim Group for a number of reasons:
- Some recognize the need to become better informed about non-heterosexual reality, and come for their own education and understanding;
- Some have struggled with their own sexual identity or sexual orientation, and that has impacted their faith;
- Some have walked with close family members or friends who have gone through such a struggle, and that walk has similarly impacted their faith;
- Others have struggled with their faith, and with the traditions out of which that faith arises; that struggle has raised questions about traditional religious teachings about sexuality; and
- Still others feel quite secure in their sexual being and in their faith, and do not see any conflict between them – but wonder why others do.
Meetings of the Pilgrim Group usually occur monthly. They provide a safe space for participants to tell their stories and to listen to the experiences of others. Anyone who is open to loving dialogue is welcome. For specific information, contact the church office.
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Imitating the inclusive welcome of Jesus, we seek to be a community marked by the love of God.
Regardless of age, race, or sexual orientation, we invite you to make Bethel your spiritual home.
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