Church Conference Adopts Inclusion Statement

St John United Methodist Church, by vote of Church Conference on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 adopted this statement of inclusion for our church. The count was 94 for and 22 against.

 We believe the Christian story is one of radical inclusion and hospitality.

In this spirit, St. John United Methodist Church welcomes and accepts everyone to our community of believers. This welcome includes people of every race, ethnicity and national origin, age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, faith history, family structure, marital status, educational background, and economic status. All are welcomed here. All are invited to be engaged in service here. All are loved here.

We believe that exclusion in any form is incompatible with Christ’s Gospel.

Currently, the Book of Discipline (the “rule book” of our denomination) excludes LGBTQ persons from being ordained as United Methodist clergy and prohibits United Methodist clergy from performing or celebrating same sex marriages. The members of St. John believe these are exclusionary practices. We are committed to following Christ’s example of breaking down all barriers limiting anyone from experiencing the love of God in Christian community. For that reason, as St. John continues to joyfully welcome LGBTQ members into the life of our church, we will also actively work to encourage changes to the Book of Discipline concerning the exclusion of LGBTQ persons from full participation in our denomination. It is our hope that the laws of the United Methodist Church will come to reflect God’s love toward every person created in God’s image.

Pastoral Response to Special General Conference Decision, February 2019 

For more information the topic of homosexuality and the church:

This document is fairly detailed and covers many parts of homosexuality and what the bible says:
http://www.psa91.com/pdf/whatthebiblesays.pdf
 
 
 
This article is from Adam Hamilton who has done some work on the bible and inclusivity:
https://www.adamhamilton.com/blog/the-bible-homosexuality-and-the-umc-part-one/#.XxcRqCVq0lQ 
 

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