Their welcome statement reads:
“Guided by the Holy Spirit, we recognize the church is in a never-ending process of growth, reformation, and reconciliation.
As a welcoming, all-inclusive community of faith, we believe Jesus commands us to love one another. We value the uniqueness of each individual as created in the image of God. We celebrate people of any age, faith history, ethnic background, education background, sexual orientation, gender identity, social, economic, or marital status.
As a loving, caring, forgiving community, centered in Jesus Christ, we make room at God’s table for all, including those who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination in the church and society.
As a place for everyone, we affirm our diversity, unified by Jesus Christ in a faith that transcends our differences. We invite all people to journey with us in God’s mission at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.”
Learn more about Emmanuel Lutheran Church at: http://emmanuelbakersfield.org/