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Celebration of Life has long been a supporter of That All May Freely Serve (TAMFS) since the organization was founded in 1992.  A mission and ministry of Downtown United Presbyterian Church, TAMFS is committed to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We actively work to resist and transform structures and systems of injustice by being present and engaged – pastorally and as advocates – for needed change in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Further, our mission is to assure that anyone who is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ), our family, friends, allies and those who love and care about us are never alone in times of struggle or transition.
Our mission includes joining in collaboration with all members of the Progressive Movements and others in the Presbyterian Church (USA), including those who may differ with us, prayerfully exploring every measure we can to end exclusionary practices in the church.

Our Commitment
That All May Freely Serve commits to actively resist and transform structures and systems of injustice, joining in solidarity in making the connections with those disenfranchised by racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ablebodyism, gender identity oppression, eco-exploitation, militarism, and all other structures of exploitation and oppression through the lens of our social location, and to focus on the liberation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious prejudice and exclusionary church policies.

Our Core Values

INTEGRITY
Transparent so that all may know clearly who we are and what we do
Consistent, faithful, and truthful as we embody our vision and mission
Clear about our purpose and the path we take
Persistent as we face difficulties and conflict
Trusting one another’s goodwill and our ultimate goal

SPIRIT-BASED
Center our actions in prayer and worship
Live and act with unconditional love
Open to the spirit and listening for God’s voice
Hear and respond to the cries of creation and of each other
Seek spiritual wisdom

LOVE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM FOR ALL
Notice what people/groups are and are not included
Confront systems of oppression
Come into our own strong voices
Live into a greater wholeness with the universe and all who live therein
Ask questions of access and cultural influences/differences

RELATIONAL
Hear one another’s stories
Make decisions after listening to others
Remember that cultural influences and differences affect relationships
Covenant together to maintain and honor our connections
Join together in a kind of relationality in which all participants are engaged, empathic, and growing

History
That All May Freely Serve was founded in 1992 to advocate for an inclusive and welcoming Church and for the ordination of qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) candidates for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  We formed in response to a 1992 ecclesiastical court decision by the highest judicial body of the Presbyterian Church (USA) which set aside the pastoral call of the Rev. Dr. Jane Adams (Janie) Spahr to the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York, simply because she was honest and open about her lesbian identity.  In a constructive response to this painful denial the Downtown Church created a mission project, That All May Freely Serve, and called the Rev. Spahr as their “traveling lesbian evangelist” to visit congregations, pastors and church members throughout the country telling the stories of LGBT Presbyterians, preaching, educating, and challenging exclusive church structures.