My church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, voted unanimously in December to oppose House Joint Resolution 3 because we believe in an inclusive love that embraces all people and because we believe that each and every person has inherent worth and dignity. HJR3 does not treat each and every person as if they had inherent worth and dignity.
There is a banner on the wall of our sanctuary that says “God is love.” We believe that that love is all encompassing, including everyone, discriminating against no one. We believe in an inclusive love that tells each and every person that they are good and worthy – not perfect, but good and worthy. HJR3 is not amendment filled with inclusive love. HJR3 does not treat each and every person as good and worthy.
The inclusive love we believe in has its roots in the words and message of Jesus. Jesus didn’t minister in the temple, and he didn’t minister in the church. Jesus was out in the world, fighting for the rights of the disenfranchised, the oppressed and the marginalized. He preached a message of love – love for God, love for your neighbor, and love for self. “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” HJR3 does not live up to the ideal of loving thy neighbor as thyself.
If we are to believe that each person has inherent worth and dignity, if we try to love one another with an inclusive love, if we claim to love our neighbors as we do ourselves, it is incompatible then to also support this amendment to the Indiana Constitution. It is for these reasons that I as a person of faith oppose HJR3.
Seth Carrier-Ladd is minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie.