Statement of Welcoming Practices

As a church, we work to live a Christ-centered life. We endeavor to be a family to all who enter our doors (and to all we meet). As a community, we seek to make the love of Christ—rather than agreement—the center of our lives.

We are also aware that the church has sinned, failing to welcome people in the LGBTQIA community, and we seek to clarify our practices when it comes to hospitality.

Our current practices:

We baptize people who identify as LGBTQIA, and we are honored when they choose to commit to our community. We also practice infant baptism and thereby remember that God’s love surrounds everyone and invites all people to participate in God’s community.

We encourage LGBTQIA people who are called to leadership in the church, and we have supported them as candidates for ordination.

We support marriages and families of LGBTQIA people.

We support changing the language in the UMC’s Book of Discipline regarding people who identify as LGBTQIA in order to enable all to use their gifts and help God’s beloved community continue to grow in all its diversity and unity.

We also seek to walk beside those who are not yet in full agreement with our practices. Our most ardently held value is to love all. We seek not to divide, but rather to bring people together and help one another see God in all people.