Rose City Park Presbyterian Church is an inclusive spiritual community for all of God’s people. That means that we are committed to welcoming people of every race, language, age, gender, ethnicity, economic status, mental or physical ability, and sexual orientation into the full life and ministry of the church.
- Our building is accessible to all, regardless of physical ability
- Children and teens are considered active parts of our church family
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons are welcomed into full participation in the life of the community
In 2005, RCPPC put its belief in people as God’s wonderful creation into words by officially becoming a member of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a group within the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) working for the full inclusion of LGBT individuals. As a More Light Church, Rose City Park Presbyterian is also affiliated with the national organization, More Light Presbyterians.
In 2019, the Session of Rose City Park formally agreed to sign on to the Matthew 25 initiative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Formulated at the recent General Assemblies (222nd and 223rd), the delegates exhorted the church’s congregations to serve people who are oppressed, hungry, imprisoned or poor. This initiative calls on us to work on building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty.
In 2020, protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement began in Portland. The Session sought to express support for racial justice and to affirm RCPPC’s support for the BLM movement. A large banner adapting the logo of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was raised on the side of the church building.
Also in 2020, Session put into place the Native American Land Acknowledgment Practice as put forth by Presbytery last year. The statement reads:
We acknowledge that this gathering of Rose City Park Presbyterian Church is occurring in the traditional land of the Chinook, Cowlitz, Clackamas, Kalapuya and Atfalati people, and we offer our gratitude to the elders, past and present, who have stewarded it through the generations.