We, the members of the Faith Explorers class at First United Methodist Church, Charlottesville, VA are committed to be welcoming and sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ to all persons in God’s creation. We believe that Jesus taught that we are all God’s children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or physical or mental disabilities. Thus we affirm that all of God’s creation is entitled to respect, dignity, kindness, equality and a place at His table. Just as we welcome divergent views and theological ideas, we encourage the inclusion and participation in our studies and activities of all persons and seek out and make special invitations to include those persons who may feel vulnerable or uncomfortable in our society. John Wesley preached that there is no holiness but social holiness. We will strive to follow his lead.

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