In the United Methodist Church, "Reconciling Congregations" are those who explicitly welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons - in spite of the mixed messages in some denominational policies. The process of being "reconciling" also encompasses our hope for all kinds of diversity.
This is the "Reconciling Statement" adopted by this congregation:
"We believe that each individual is of sacred worth. Therefore, we pledge ourselves to engage in the sacred hospitality and responsibility Christ taught. We commit ourselves to maintaining a place of safety and sanctuary for all who come together in ministry and mission: people of all races, cultures, ages, sexual orientations, family structures, economic situations, and mental or physical conditions. Through the grace of Christ we dedicate ourselves to live out these commitments creatively, humbly and with hope."
Our sermon May 27, 2012 was a joint presentation prepared by our church's Reconciling Committee. We have attached a copy of Richard's presentation requested by popular demand. ..