Reconciling Ministry at UUMC, affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN)
Jesus calls us to practice and promote the love of God in every relationship. As a progressive, inclusive, and reconciling church, University United Methodist Church (UUMC) acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth, and we welcome everyone without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, status, or economic condition. We believe that the Gospel of Christ advocates “good news” for all people, particularly those who are oppressed and marginalized by society.
For this reason, UUMC stands in opposition to discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons. We call for the removal of language in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church that states that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching” because it is not supported by scholarly interpretation of Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason. We publicly proclaim our belief that Christ’s Gospel declares God’s grace is freely given to all people and empowers them to receive all the services of Christian ministry provided by the church.
Our journey toward becoming a reconciling church began in August 2010 when the Church Council formed a Reconciling Ministry Committee. Its task was to build upon the many UUMC small-group Reconciling initiatives established over the previous ten years and facilitate discussions around the possibility of UUMC becoming affiliated with the national Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). Over a six-month period, the Committee organized an eight-week Sunday school study on the Bible and homosexuality, presentations to existing Sunday school classes, a roundtable forum with retired clergy, a lecture by noted Bible scholar L. Michael White, and two open forums for church member discussions. In February 2011, at a special church conference supervised by District Superintendent Rev. Bobbi Kaye Jones, 94 percent of UUMC members present voted to affiliate with RMN and become a positive voice in the United Methodist Church for the full inclusion of GLBT persons.
Our Church family recognizes there is still much work to be done, both inside and outside our walls, to move closer to God’s dreams for a world in which everyone is treated the same. We will remain steadfast in that vision.
Join us in ministry. Join us in worship. All are welcome.
For more information about Reconciling Ministry, or about our bi-monthly LGBTQ Fellowship, please email us.