A Pastoral Letter to the Parish
April 1, 2015, 2:51 PM

A Pastoral Letter to members and friends of Christ Episcopal Church:

The following is posted in response to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently passed by the legislature of Indiana and signed by the Governor.

>> Christ Episcopal Church in Madison welcomes all in line with the principles and directives of this Diocese and of the national Church. (The canons of the Episcopal Church and of the Diocese of Indianapolis state there is to be no discrimination on the basis "of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age").

We decry this law because it may be (and apparently by some is being) interpreted to permit discrimination against GLBT or other persons because the exercise of someone's religion is "substantially burdened".  We do not agree with a Biblical interpretation that apparently leads some to conclude that GLBT persons, or any other group or person whose choices, identity, or faith are different from their own, may be refused the respect due them as human beings who are beloved of God.  We affirm that no one is outside the reach of God’s love and grace.

We believe St. Paul said it best in Romans 8: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

As Christians, we are called to share that love with our neighbors.  We are bound by our baptismal vows to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to respect the dignity of every human person. 

May God richly bless you!


The Rev. Evelyn Wheeler, Rector