Church Sign Spreads Messages of Inclusivity

"(This) to me is what Christianity is all about." This pastor is using his church's sign to take a stand against intolerance. 🏳️‍🌈⛪

Church signs end the hate, suggest inclusivity

Adam Ericksen is the Education Director for The Raven Foundation. He writes blogs and films vlogs at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement and the Raven Foundation website that explores the intersections of mimetic theory, the news, religion, and popular culture. This church proudly promotes #LGBTQI Rights and gender equality, and challenges the genuine evils of racism, healthcare inequalities and climate change. This unorthodox modern reading of the Bible is reflected beyond their congregation through inclusive and warm-hearted signs.

Ericksen would like people who feel they are ostracized by religion to know that accepting churches can be places of healing and love. The message is bringing together people of all backgrounds, according to Ericksen. Thousands of social media users have been drawn to the progressive political messages being shared by a church in Milwaukie, Oregon, showing support for Muslims, African Americans and the LGBT community. He has received messages of support from atheists, Jewish communities and Wiccans who all share the same goal of positive community relations. Some of Ericksen's signs have a political lean to them but he believes God loves everyone, even people who seem to be acting against the messages he is putting out into the world. He says it is vital to attack policies and not people.

Pastor Adam Ericksen went viral with his inclusive church signs which share bold messages about race, feminism, religious tolerance. From Clackamas United Church in Portland, Oregon, Ericksen says he hopes other churches will begin lead similar conversations around inclusion, compassion and love. Ericksen says he learned the value of inclusivity when his mom died. He says he hopes the signs will spark conversation about the role religion should play in an inclusive society.


06/05/2019 12:00 PMupdated: 06/05/2019 12:54 PM
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  • Tammy F.
    06/05/2019 12:17

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  • Nicolas C.
    06/05/2019 12:52

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  • Brut
    06/05/2019 13:23

    This transgender pastor is preaching a message of love and inclusion. ❤️

  • Jessica H.
    06/05/2019 17:23

    this is what I was talking about.

  • Brut
    06/05/2019 19:23

    Special thanks to .

  • Brenda W.
    06/05/2019 19:48

    Love you!

  • Casey W.
    06/06/2019 04:58

    Started following him. Gives me hope for christianity and people everywhere.

  • Angela A.
    06/06/2019 20:41

    I loved this and thought you may too

  • Susan P.
    06/07/2019 00:33

    This is exactly what Christianity is about!

  • Will A.
    06/07/2019 06:15

    That's not biblical. God will not be mock. They are just playing church. That not a church of God.

  • Will A.
    06/07/2019 06:22

    Romans 1:25-27 KJV Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [26] For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

  • Andrew L.
    06/08/2019 01:13

    Thanks so much for your sharing!

  • Liz D.
    06/08/2019 01:37

    You guys are the best! I wish I could move to Oregon!

  • Mindy M.
    06/08/2019 13:18

    Thank you for showing love to all.

  • Joyce V.
    06/08/2019 16:24

    🌈. Thank you.

  • Suzanne K.
    06/08/2019 18:00

    Keep up the good work!

  • Alisa N.
    06/08/2019 18:47

    Right on!!!

  • Janet W.
    06/08/2019 20:29

    Thank you! I’m straight, but I am so sick of people using religion as a reason to treat people badly.

  • Ana C.
    06/08/2019 20:47

    To me this is what Christianity is about.

  • Meg H.
    06/09/2019 01:08

    I want this clergy collar!