Affirmation of York County is a support group
that meets at Epiphany every Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm-8:30pm. The purpose of the group is to affirm the value of persons in the LGBT+ community. The group is open to LGBT+ persons and any one who is interested in learning or better understanding issues related to supporting and affirming the LGBT+ community in York County and the Greater Rock Hill area. For more information contact Ellen at 803-417-0954 or Melissa at 803-547-6042 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org Check out the Facebook page for updated info: https://facebook.com/affirmationofyc
Epiphany is a “Reconciling in Christ” Congregation.
Our welcome statement each Sunday on the inside of our bulletin states:
Our congregation is a community of outreach and service, reaching beyond the walls of our church building to offer help, hope, and home to those inside and outside of our fellowship. Each Sunday as we worship, we do so in the spirit of God’s encompassing love and forgiveness, available to all people. It is in this spirit that we welcome you today to our fellowship. Epiphany seeks and intends to be an inclusive place of spiritual growth for all people. All persons are welcomed into our fellowship and membership regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic or racial identity, disability, economic or educational status, or political affiliation.
Reconciling in Christ is a program of Reconciling Works
Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.
In relationships built through outreach and education, ReconcilingWorks shares Christ's message, the Gospel, which is for everyone equally. We advocate for systemic change in policy and practice in church and society, working to alleviate not only the painful symptoms of oppression but also to eliminate its root causes.
We are Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia, and all the other artificial distinctions that seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another, conspire together to diminish our world and church.
Reconciliation is a fundamental value; it is what the Apostle Paul says we are all called to do. Through our Reconciling in Christ Program, ministries, resources, events and alliances, ReconcilingWorks builds community for worship, education and support; fosters welcome and acceptance in all Lutheran settings; and advocates for the ecclesial changes necessary to ensure full participation in all sacraments, inclusive liturgical resources, and ministries of the Church, inviting all people into Gospel lives of authenticity, integrity, and wholeness.
An independent, Lutheran, membership-supported organization, ReconcilingWorks is committed to strengthen all of God’s beloved for authentic, visible, faithful lives and to work for systemic change within the church and society. We believe reconciling works, for the sake of the world.