United Methodist Student Association of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville Tennessee
The United Methodist Student Association as Vanderbilt Divinity School has hosted a series of thoughtful dialogues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity over the last three semesters, and “have concluded that all of God’s children need to be welcomed into all United Methodist Congregations.” Therefore, they have voted to adopt the following statement and become a reconciling Community:
We, the United Methodist Student Association at Vanderbilt Divinity School, take seriously the importance of the open communion table to our beloved United Methodist Church. With that sacred encounter as our vision, we claim that we are a group open to all students. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the . We celebrate all ways that the that the human family of Christ finds its diversity, including through difference in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and know that all, as beloved children of God, are worthy of God’s love and grace.
We welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of the UMC as we journey toward reconciliation through Christ. We recognize that there are differences among us, but believe that in the vision of John Wesley we can love alike though we may not think alike. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church or in society, and as students at a school that seeks to make agents of social change, we covenant to work together until all are fully embraced in our churches and we can live into our dedication to “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.”
Journey Sunday School Class of Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas
An ongoing class, Journey Sunday School meets weekly during the church wide Sunday school hour at Saint John’s United Methodist Church. Most of the participants are in the 30s and 40s, and they gathering to discussion “spirituality, social responsibility, current events, and our shared story as Christians and as Methodists” The class has now declared that discrimination has no place in their shared story by voting to become a reconciling Community and adopting the following statement:
The Journey Sunday School class of Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas affirms that “all persons are individuals of sacred worth” as stated in the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. By voting to become a community associated with the Reconciling Ministries Network, we join the witness of United Methodists welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to participate fully in the life of the church.
Amity United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina
An active and vibrant church, Amity has worked towards becoming reconciling with unanimous affirmation of the Administrative Council on Monday, October 17. This declaration and adoption of the following Reconciling statement powerfully incarnates the congregation’s mission, “alive in Christ, embracing diversity, building community and serving the world.”
Amity United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC welcomes all. Regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, faith tradition, or mental or physical disability, you are actively invited to visit, participate in, and join our Christian community.
Learn more about Amity UMC online at: http://amityumc.org/