The Inclusivity and Affirmation Index is a tool for leaders in faith communities. This tool can help you to both diagnose and mobilise your congregation toward greater inclusion, celebration, and participation of LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer) people.
These questions provide a way of seeing what is currently happening in both your denomination and your local congregation. This offers an opportunity to identify areas of possible growth towards more inclusion and affirmation of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. It acts as a measurement tool for both policy and embodied praxis. It also identifies possible theological and pastoral focus areas that allow for the flourishing of LGBTIQ+ people.
This diagnosis acknowledges that inclusion and exclusion do not function within a binary (2 opposing positions) and that there are specific ways to become increasingly inclusive for all LGBTIQ+ people. If churches strive towards this vision and ethos of belonging and embrace, then there will need to be sustained praxis that starts with an honest assessment and audit of where they currently are at.
Please feel free to complete this questionnaire, and to contact Louis van der Riet to discuss the results – firstname.lastname@example.org