We are a group of people who are dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We work to provide support and love to those who have been denied that support and love by society and the church for too long.
We support the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the life of The United Methodist Church. We believe that the current wording in the Book of Discipline that specifically singles out and condemns certain individuals must be changed or omitted. We believe that this language is not in keeping with the love of God or the spirit of the Methodist tradition. We object to policies in the Book of Discipline that prohibit same-sex marriage officiated by United Methodist clergy and the ordination of gay and lesbian persons called to ministry.
We believe the love of God and the grace of God are for all people. We believe it is our call, as followers of Jesus, to show that love in this hurting world as we live out Jesus’ greatest commandment to love God and love others (Mathew 22:36-40).
We celebrate diversity in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious background, age, gender, ability, and socio-economic status. We believe that God, as Creator, forms all people in God’s image and Jesus, as Redeemer, claims each person as a beloved Child of God. We believe that persons who identify as LGBTQ+ are connected, by the grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, to the Kingdom of God both in the present and for eternity.
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