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A new post has been added to “Hot Topics.” The Hot Topics are arranged alphabetically. Scroll down to “W” and find Welcome: The Difference Between “Inviting” and “Affirming”
All are welcome to the Evangelical Covenant Church. In today’s world, however, words are drifting in meaning. Being a “welcoming” church has taken on implications that reflect the arguments going on in the world about sexuality and marriage. As is clear from the rest of this website, Elgin Covenant holds to what American society now calls “traditional” or “conservative” views of sexuality and marriage. (We prefer the terms “Biblical” and “God-ordained” but those are words that also spark all kinds of controversy and strong emotion.) We are an “inviting” church, we are not an “affirming” church. If you need more explanation, you may begin with the Hot Topics article.