You may have heard people in church using pronouns to identify themselves: she/her, he/his, they/them. Why are we doing this?
Well, glad you asked! Pronouns are the part of speech that substitutes names, nouns, and noun phrases in a sentence. A person’s pronouns are part of their identity and gender expression. It is important for everyone to be recognized for their identity. You can’t know a person’s gender just by looking at them.
It’s important that as a reconciling congregation we take time to not only learn a person’s name but also their identity and to not make assumptions. By using pronouns we create an inclusive environment and show respect for others.
The reason we will be using pronouns at HOL is to create a safe space for any LGBTQIA+ person. Just like you, they are a beloved child of God.