We are Love One Another, a Ministry of Justice and Inclusion (LOAM) at Faith United Methodist Church in Rockville Maryland. LOAM affirms that God created all of humankind in God’s image; therefore, we welcome, affirm, and celebrate people of all
sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; and people of all races, nationalities, physical or mental ability, faith history, life experience, or any other labels others try to use to marginalize people.
LOAM was created and affirmed by church leadership:
- To foster understanding of the call toward full inclusion and reconciliation with the LGBTQIA+ community that was begun by the Reconciling Task Force; and
- To respond to the rapidly growing awareness in society and the church of the need to address the systemic nature of racial inequities and their impact on healthcare outcomes, policing and criminal justice, food insecurity and poverty, employment opportunities, unemployment rates, children left behind when learning went online, and more.
We renew our commitment to “educate, act, and equip the congregation to strive toward inclusivity of all, with whom we will transform our Church and the world into full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.” LOAM is and will be a community of Jesus-followers, living and loving as Christ did by welcoming all people into relationship and discipleship. This includes access to the same care and spiritual guidance in the journey toward faith formation, baptism, leadership, and marriage.
Visit LOAM’s website here.