John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was excluded from churches of the Church of England because he welcomed people the church ignored or excluded, and preached that God’s grace is for everyone. (Edwin Womack, Another Choice, UM Insight, 10/31/16). We, the members and friends of Lovely Lane UMC: Baltimore City Station, the Mother Church of American Methodism, boldly follow in Wesley’s footsteps by declaring that our doors, table and altar are open wide to welcome all, including the ignored and excluded of our day.
We wish to be known as a Reconciling church. We will always seek to work towards unifying rather than dividing our church family and try to encourage others to do the same. In our unique role as the Mother Church, steeped in history, we proclaim that a mother loves all her children equally.
We believe that each person is of sacred worth. In response to Jesus Christ’s radical (non-traditional) teaching of hospitality towards all, we welcome and affirm all people regardless of age, race, gender identity, ethnic background, sexual orientation, physical appearance, physical or mental disabilities, socioeconomic status, educational background, political party or marital status into full participation in the life and ministry of Lovely Lane UMC. We commit ourselves to being inclusive of all who seek to join us in a faith community reflective of God’s love for all.