Reconciling Ministries Network

Creating space at the table for all God's children.

Mobilizing United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.

Learn more about how to become a Reconciling United Methodist. Learn More
Learn how your Congregation can get involved in the Reconciling Movement. Learn More

Being Forced to Freely Choose: A Note on Agency and Victim Blaming in The UMC

by Billy Kluttz Amidst great progress for LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church, many friends and family members have asked me why I would leave a denominat...
Read More

Congratulations Virginia! Federal Judges Rule Virginia Marriage Ban Unconstitutional: bit.ly/1AqV757

"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws. Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance."
-- 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Bostic v. Schaefer (2014)
... See MoreSee Less

Cody J. Schuler, Katie Red Morris and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Tara Macywell said 4th Circuit!2   ·  4 hours ago

Tom CarlsonYes, Virginia, there is justice...1   ·  1 hour ago

Kenn SpeicherHallelujah!1   ·  3 hours ago

Sandy Morris GorrellVirginia is for all lovers. :-)2   ·  2 hours ago

Joyce BeanI think MS will he the last!28 minutes ago

Mike PenningtonAnother state is forced to give in to the wishes of the ungodly.48 minutes ago

Israel Skyyso much love and many congrats from Rochester, NY2 hours ago

Ken ScrogginsAdd one more to the list!3 hours ago

Keith HaysAnother one bites the dust...3 hours ago

Sandy Morris GorrellTennessee will probably be last. I can leave my house and be in Va in less than 5 minutes. So close yet so different.1   ·  2 hours ago

Comment on Facebook

Many laywomen and laymen are called to cutting-edge ministries as deaconesses and home missioners. Could this be a calling for you? ... See MoreSee Less

Deaconesses and Home Missioners are laywomen and laymen who are called by God to be in a lifetime relationship in The United ...

Alfredo Santiago, Karrel Stevens and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Mark Alan McRobertsI was told in the 1980's that I could not be a layman nor could I in ministry under any circumstance by my campus minister. It really destroyed my relationship with the church for a decade then naturally I came back as I come from a multi generation Methodist family. Yes, I would be a layman but I want to be a 100% equal UMC member, I want everything that everybody else has. No more just equal. I'm Methodist thru and thru but at some time I may decided to cut bait and leave the entire church.3   ·  5 days ago

Louise SmithThis is interesting and good to know. Thanks, Elaine. Hugs.5 days ago

Richard GlodoI happen to be gay, soooo........until the church changes, no chance !5 days ago

Tina Marie Toddmore info at ¶ 1314 "Office Of Deaconess and Home Missioner", in the Book Of Discipline5 days ago

Tina Marie Toddinformation: prod.umwomen.org:88/dhm5 days ago

Comment on Facebook

Congratulations to RMN Operations Manager Dr. Ted Jackson and Keith as they get married today! ... See MoreSee Less

J.c. Buterbaugh, Brooklyn Scouts for Equality and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Haley EdwardsOh what beautiful couple. Congratulations to you both. Ox2   ·  1 week ago

Jenna Carodiskey-WiebeMay God bless your marriage always!2   ·  1 week ago

Larry GrierAwesome....Congratulations....1   ·  1 week ago

Preston PriceJean says: "So cute!"1   ·  1 week ago

Kip EldridgeCongratulations, you both look wonderful1   ·  1 week ago

Ross D FrankelHandsome couple!1   ·  1 week ago

Tyler NuzumChicago!1   ·  1 week ago

Dave NuckolsRecommend a longer honeymoon. :)1   ·  1 week ago

Miguel ReyesLove Chicago1   ·  1 week ago

Beth Beyer AbbottBlessings for a long and happy life together!1   ·  1 week ago

Andrew ArmstrongCongratulations guy's we hope that you are as happy we are. We have been together 21years and 8 years civil partnership. Xxxxxxxxxxx1   ·  1 week ago

Will Rogerhi it will in myrtle beach,sc i wont to marry my husband here in myrtle beach,sc what do we need to get marry1   ·  1 week ago

Stacey Sarnicolaadorable!1   ·  1 week ago

Jan Xaver HraškoSo sweet! Congrats! :)1   ·  1 week ago

Alma Gzz de EurestyFELICIDAFES.!!!1   ·  1 week ago

Missy JaynesCongrats to the new married couple! Best of wishes!1   ·  1 week ago

Joy T WattsWoo hoo! Congratulations you two!1   ·  1 week ago

David W. MeredithCongratulations to your both!1   ·  1 week ago

Mary Beth HarrisCongratulations and much happiness.1   ·  1 week ago

Linda FrameSweet!!!!!! Many Happy years to you both!!!!!1   ·  1 week ago

Donna Brown SmithCongrats!!! Picked the prettiest city to get married in!!! YAY!1   ·  1 week ago

Bob GlavinCongratulations1   ·  1 week ago

Donna WallaceCongratulations! You had a beautiful day all around !1   ·  1 week ago

Julie SpelmanBeautiful day for a wedding!! Congratulations.1   ·  1 week ago

Chris EarlyIn My Kinda Town! Congrats!!1   ·  1 week ago

Comment on Facebook