Create safe spaces for understanding human sexuality

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Psalm 139:13-15

We affirm that human beings are created in the image of God, this imbues them with dignity. Part of dignity is being able to freely express oneself. Human sexuality is a gift from the Creator, a truly good and perfect gift that must be affirmed and celebrated.

It is unfortunate that issues on sexuality are wrapped in secrecy and are not discussed in the open due to a wrong perception that sex talk is indecent talk. However, outside the church, there is a fast-growing population of women and men who dare to openly express their sexual orientation and gender identity. It is sad that these expressions are met with discrimination and condemnation, alienating them from the rest of society. Most are denied of educational and employment opportunities. Worse, they are subjected to hate crimes, torture, harassment, sexual assault, rape, and other forms of human rights violations. This is an affront to the God who calls one and all into liberating and inclusive relationships.

In light of this, we call on our churches:

1. To create safe and hospitable spaces where persons can freely talk about their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of condemnation.

2. To develop biblically-based/theologically sound materials on human sexuality to be used for study and reflection in the churches toward a more welcoming environment for those who are perceived to live outside the social norms of sexuality.

3. To proactively and intentionally draw in persons with different sexual orientations and gender identities into activities of the church and church organizations where they can share their gifts and graces.

*This statement was approved by the 24th General Convention of NCCP last November 23 – 26, 2015 at Tagaytay City.