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King of Kings Lutheran Church


CONTACT

dullessouth.kofk.org



Email: garrett@kofk.org

24945 Lobo Drive

Aldie, VA 20105


JOINED

October 25, 2022


INDUSTRY

Faith




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DESCRIPTION

We are a new and growing church in the Dulles South area, gathering every Sunday at 10:00 AM at Goshen Post Elementary School in Aldie, VA. Our mission is to be a safe place for everyone to explore faith, live beyond labels, and find deep-rooted community. All are invited, welcomed, and affirmed.


OUR REVIEW

The King of Kings Lutheran Church: Dulles South is an incredible ally to not only the LGBTQ+ community, but the entire Loudoun community. As a vendor at the inaugural Loudoun Pride Festival, their joy and inclusivity shined through from the moment you meet Pastor Wolf and his team. They are active in speaking out against discrimination in all forms - joining us and others for the Vigil Against Hate in December 2022 - and in working to improve their community with partners like the Dulles South Food Pantry, the Humane Society of Loudoun County, and others.


General Survey

Question: How many of your employees or volunteers are members of the LGBTQ+ community?

Answer: 1%-5%


Question: Are your leadership, human resources, employees, or volunteers provided or required to utilize LGBTQ-specific training or educational content each year?

Answer: It is recommended.


Question: How often do you believe your leadership, human resources, employees, or volunteers utilize LGBTQ-specific training or educational content each year?

Answer: At least once while currently employed or volunteering.


Question: Do you feel that your policies and procedures cover LGBTQ-specific needs for all of your employees, staff, and volunteers?

Answer: We have a general anti-discrimination clause that covers LGBTQ and other marginalized groups.


Question: Do you feel that your policies and procedures cover LGBTQ-specific needs for your those who rely on your service?

Answer: We have worked directly with an LGBTQ+ organization to create our policies and procedures.


Question: How well do you feel that you and your staff are doing at creating an accepting and affirming presence for the LGBTQ+ community?

Answer: We have year-round shows of support that are specifically affirming or positive for the LGBTQ+ community.


Place of Worship Survey

Question: Please list the title or denomination that best suits your place of worship.

Answer: Lutheran


Question: How long has your congregation been LGBTQ+ friendly?

Answer: Our denomination (ELCA) has been completely LGBTQ+ affirming since 2010. Our congregation has been LGTBQ+ friendly since then. However, we publicly affirmed our congregational beliefs last year by becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation through Reconciling Works (https://www.reconcilingworks.org). This organization works alongside and partners with congregations seeking to welcome, include, and affirm LGTBQ+ people in the Lutheran Church.


Question: Please describe ways in which you ensure that queer individuals, couples, and families are made to feel welcomed in your space.

Answer: Our website clearly states that we are a people who represent and welcome all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. We are a church where we can live beyond societal labels to worship, celebrate, grieve, rejoice, renew, and discover our God-given call to serve and love others. That is who we aspire and feel called to be. It is the culture and environment we want to continue to nurture. As a congregation, we have read books by queer authors, participated in queer learning workshops, volunteered at the Loudoun Pride festival, and become a Reconciling in Christ congregation. These steps are intended to help ensure that queer individuals, couples, and families are made to feel welcome in our community and space.


Question: Please indicate which of the following are TRUE for your place of worship:

Answer: We prohibit anti-queer messaging or scripture to be taught., We accept queer individuals as members of our place of worship., We have intervened in support of a queer individual on behalf of our faith., We perform same-sex marriages., We allow queer people to serve in leadership in our place of worship., We perform marriages involving transgender individuals., We accept queer people to serve as mentors or godparents., We accept and support queer parents (whether through adoption or biological means)., We accept and support queer youth and affirm their place in our place of worship., We support transgender children seeking transition-related healthcare., We affirm queer individuals to serve in the roles of pastor, deacon, and other leadership responsibilities.


Question: Does your facility have a non-gendered bathroom available or a trans-inclusive bathroom policy?

Answer: Yes


Question: Do you host an LGBTQ+ inclusive youth program?

Answer: Yes


Question: Do you provide LGBTQ+ inclusive literature, books, or other materials within your youth program(s)?

Answer: Yes


Question: Does your Youth Program discuss families other than hetero normative make-ups?

Answer: Yes


Question: Does your congregation make donations to LGBTQ+ organizations and, if Yes, which ones?

Answer: Yes. We make annual donations to Reconciling Works (https://www.reconcilingworks.org). We have also supported Equality Loudoun via the 2022 Pride Festival, Love and Learn Workshop, and financial support.


Question: Please elaborate on your faith’s view of same-sex relationships:

Answer: Our congregation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) celebrates and affirms anyone who is in lifelong and monogamous same-sex relationship.


Question: Does your congregation believe that gender identity (being transgender or non-binary) or sexual orientation (being gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc) are immutable characteristics imbued by God or are they influenced, changed, or chosen based on man-made behaviors, decisions, and beliefs?

Answer: We believe that gender identity or sexual orientation are immutable characteristics imbued by God.




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