All persons attending St. Luke’s are invited to join in affirmation of this Welcoming Statement of Inclusivity.
The Reconciling Community Group at St. Luke’s United Methodist church, Yorktown, VA is beginning the process to affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network. We dissent from the decisions of the United Methodist Church at the Special Session of the General Conference that approved the Traditional Plan in February 2019*.
We recognize that our prior inadequate response, or in some cases silence, has made us complicit in the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) persons in the life of the church and its ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We also acknowledge past and present harm done to all individuals against whom we have discriminated, explicitly as well as implicitly. We ask forgiveness of those who have been harmed by our inaction and we gratefully receive God’s forgiveness for our failures.
Therefore, we resolve that we will graciously receive and affirm all persons, including those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as all persons that have been discriminated against as we collectively live into our faith and mission.
* The General Conference decision maintained explicit exclusionary positions related to sexual orientation and instituted new punitive measures for clergy deemed to be in violation of upholding the United Methodist church position, including:
1. “…homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”
2. “…self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in the United Methodist Church”
3. Penalties for clergy who preside over same-sex weddings.
4. Penalties for Bishops deemed to have failed to uphold the penalties relative to said restrictions set forth in the Book of Discipline.
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