The Hope Class at Keystone UMC

“The HOPE Class of Keystone United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri embraces the United Methodist slogan, “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” We long for this to advance from an aspirational mantra to a reality in our denomination. To that end, we choose to affiliate with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) and the effort to reconcile the language of the Book of Discipline with the gospel message of loving our neighbor and reaching out to the marginalized. The HOPE Class welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We believe the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons from full pastoral privilege and marriage equality is a direct contradiction of the gospel message and we pray that our advocacy and the work of RMN will finally remove the hypocrisy in our message.”

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