On Sunday, August 20, 2017, University United Methodist Church voted to adopt this welcome statement:
We invite people of all ages, races, cultures, gender identities, and sexual orientations to be you, be loved, and belong.
We also voted to join the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). The Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes 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 professing members were invited to vote. We had 57 people participate: 54 in favor, 3 opposed. We are grateful for the honesty and integrity with which each individual has discerned this decision. Together, we continue as a church fully committed to living, learning, and loving together.
We will keep the welcome statement visible (e.g., worship bulletin, webpage, and social media).
We will partner with other Reconciling United Methodists in St. Louis for outreach events like STL Pride.
We will continue to learn about how to invite and welcome LGBTQIA+ persons in our local congregation. For example, check out this information on welcoming trans* and gender-non-conforming people.
We will advocate for better policies within The United Methodist Church and the U.S. for LGBTQIA+ people.
We will donate $250 annually to the international Reconciling Ministries Network. This funds training events, online/paper communication, and witness at large UM gatherings. (And we gratefully have a member who has offered to underwrite this amount!)
We will have a local Reconciling United Methodists drive where you can sign up as individuals to be part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. Don’t worry -- it’s free! And we never share any member’s personal information --- your participation will be entirely up to you.
We will take a picture of the congregation for the Reconciling Ministries Network to share on their website. Date/time TBD.