Gender Identity Resources

Our welcome statement includes "gender identity." These links will give you some background on gender identity in the UMC and resources to learn more about gender identity. 

Gender Identity within the UMC

No official policy excludes people from United Methodist ordination based on gender identity. Whether or not someone's gender matches the gender assigned to them at birth, they are eligible to be ordained and serve as pastors. An attempt in 2008 to deny ordination to transgender persons failed at the General Conference. 

Transgender ministers currently serve United Methodist churches. You can read one transgender pastor's story here.

You can also read more from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion(UMATI) (part of Reconciling Ministries Network).

Trans Christians Gathering in Chicago

What is it like to be trans/ gender non-conforming and a Christian? The answer: it's often lonely.

Reconciling Ministries sponsored a recent retreat in Chicago to gather trans and gender-nonconforming Christians to share their experiences and learn that they are not alone or unloved in the church. It was the first gathering of its kind.

Morgan Hunlen went to this retreat, with UUMC's prayers and blessing. 

General Resources on Gender Identity

Confused about the terminology? Check out this fun graphic: the Gender Unicorn (printed image available in Fellowship Hall). 

Listen to "Discussing changing conceptions of gender identity and how to talk about it" from St. Louis on the Air in Podcasts