Dan Barrett's God Sighting: My Inclusive Church

My Church … is inclusive.  Not just with age, race, what high school you went to, or where you live today, but also sexual orientation.

My Church … for many years, far before I became a member 14 years ago, has welcomed and continues to welcome the whole LGBTQIA community: that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, plus questioning, intersex, and asexual.  Thus, people with non-mainstream sexual orientation or gender identity, including me.  

My Church… had very open discussions this past year on sexual orientation in UUMC.  There were “What does the bible say about homosexuality?” discussions, a blog on our website, plus a full church meeting.

My Church … Next Sunday, will vote on joining the “Reconciling Ministries Network” in the United Methodist Church.  Thus, a majority of those members present at the meeting will decide if UUMC “wants to mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love." All Reconciling churches must have a Welcome Statement that openly shows this inclusion and thus….  

My Church … will first vote next Sunday on whether to adopt a UUMC-specific, welcome statement:  

We invite people of all ages, races, cultures, gender identities, and sexual orientations to be you, be loved, and belong.

My Church … will be voting without me present because I will be on a long-scheduled trip.  But, I am sure that you will attend the church meeting after next Sunday’s worship and cast a resounding “Yes” and hopefully a unanimous approval for me and many others that are in the LGBTQIA community and your UUMC community.  

My Church … would again be a true God sighting.