Reconciling Ministries Network

Creating an Altar for All - Signers

Show Your Support for An Altar for All

Even as we sign, we repent that it has taken us so long to act. We acknowledge our complicity in the church’s discriminatory policies that have tarnished the witness of the Church to the world. We value our covenant relationships and ask everyone to hold the divided community of The United Methodist Church in prayer. 

Clergy Signers:
Pastoral care and the sacraments and rituals of the church are means of grace by which the lives of all Christians are blessed by God. Therefore we, as ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church, declare our commitment to offer such means of grace to all persons on an equal basis. We refuse to discriminate against any of God’s children and pledge to make marriage equality a lived reality within the United Methodist Church, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage. We are convinced by the witness of others and are compelled by Spirit and conscience to act. We thank the many United Methodists who have already called for full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church.

Supporting Clergy and Laity Signers:
We are United Methodists, called to inclusiveness, instructed to be faithful to the example of Jesus’ ministry to all persons, and charged to deny every semblance of discrimination [2012 Discipline, ¶140]. In accordance with our membership vow to “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves,” we commit ourselves to work for marriage equality and to support our clergy colleagues who have courageously challenged church policy by faithfully ministering to all. We will support them morally, emotionally, and spiritually, and contribute financially to their defense if their faithfulness should result in a church trial.

Local Church Signers:
We, as a United Methodist congregation, have committed to supporting and honoring same-sex marriages in the same way that we support and honor other marriages. We believe that banning same-sex marriage is inconsistent with Christ’s teaching, and the constitution of the United Methodist Church. We fully recognize and assume the risks associated with these commitments, because we are called upon by God, through Jesus Christ, to resist injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. Our sanctuary is open for all to make a commitment of love and fidelity through Christian marriage OR we have decided to faithfully close our doors to all weddings until we can perform weddings for all.

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First Name Last Name Congregation name State Conference I am a
Cynthia Matthews   TN Tennessee layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Ingrid shoaf   TN Tennessee layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Tyler Schwaller   MA Iowa clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Sandra Jellison-Knock   KS Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Augustus Jordan   VT New England clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Terry Bosworth   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Kristen McReynolds   KS Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Paul Nixon   DC Virginia clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
John Gordon   OH East Pennsylvania clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Robert Schmidt   TX Southwest Texas (Austin Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Shevawn Eisman   TX Southwest Texas (Austin Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Jonathan Besancon   IL Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Larry Dunlap-Berg   TN Northern Illinois clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Madonna Flanders   TN Holston (TN) clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Margaret Parish   Ny Upper New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Scott Amundsen   NY Upper New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Beth McHenry   VA Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Tom Whitney     Upper New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Anne Manuel   MD Balt-Washington layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Michael House   Tx North Texas (Dallas Area) clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Nancy Megley   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
joseph rhymer   TN Holston (TN) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Connie Bryant   Il Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Carol Peck   WV West Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Josh Powers   MA New England layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Lynn Powers   MA New England layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Gail Hernandez   NH New England layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Stephen Peck   WV West Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Michael Johnson   IL IL Great River layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Phaedra Chandler   TX Southwest Texas (Austin Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Beth Burney   GA North Georgia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Dana Miller     CalPac clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Sally Lewis   NC Western North Carolina layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Robert Dorr   NE Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Karen Eisenbrey   WA Pacific Northwest layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Susan Boegli   Ak Alaska Missionary clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Rosemary Davis   CA CalPac clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Torey Davenport   IL IL Great River layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Mary Hankins   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Bunnie Bryant   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Morris Taber   MI Detroit layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Carolyn B. Francis   CA CalPac layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Meredith Lindgren   IL Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Marissa Kreifels   NE Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Barbara Troxell   CA California/Nevada clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Leigh Almond   GA North Georgia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Andrew Wheatley   IL Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
JESSIE CUNNINGHAM   IL Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Debra Drew   Oh East Ohio layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Rich Roecker   IL IL Great River layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Cindy Kennel   de East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Ann Barton   TX North Texas (Dallas Area) clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Laurel Challoner   WI Wisconsin layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Ann Quilter   Ca CalPac layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Jean Collins   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Jean Eastlake   TX Southwest Texas (Austin Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Carol Fox   CO Rocky Mountain clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Dan Field   Ca Africa Central layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Carla Costantino   NJ Greater New Jersey clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Marjorie Hartzog   Ks Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
MARILYN VAN TINE   NY New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
    Donna walters Tn Holston (TN) congregation who will host same-sex ceremonies
Elizabeth Copes   Va Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Audrey Phelps   MO Missouri layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Laurie Golder   Md Balt-Washington layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Nan Owen Hoekman   WI Wisconsin layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Tina Nees   Oh East Ohio clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Thomas Stewart   MA New England layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
William Finnegan   Oh West Ohio layperson officiant called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Ermalou Roller   IL Northern Illinois clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Scott Anderson   WA Pacific Northwest layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Marilyn Sgarlata   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Bona Bourlier   Md Balt-Washington layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Matt Seargeant   CA CalPac clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Ann Hunt     Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Beverly Walker   OR Oregon/Idaho layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Trish Catalano   Ca California/Nevada layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Beth Jemison   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Bonnie Meyer   IN Indiana layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
NANCY ZANDER   IL IL Great River layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Amy Kate Bailey   IL Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Marian Hart   CA CalPac layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Alice Alt   MI Detroit layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
ERNEST M SEARLE III   NY New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Christopher Cattley   NJ Greater New Jersey layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
donna ludwig   pa West Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Steven Davis   TX Northwest Texas (Lubbock Area) clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Connie Hartline   MO Missouri layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Nancy Thompson   MI Detroit layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Susan Hyde   Pa East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Steven Spearman   CO Rocky Mountain layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
M. Lynn Simpson     Pacific Northwest layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Laura Lee Morgan   PA Balt-Washington clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Denise Spencer   SC South Carolina layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Roger Brunell   MS Mississippi layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Amanda Gayle Reed   WV West Virginia clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Sabrina McLaughlin   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Jeanne Sironen-McCartney   MI Detroit layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Kwang Sung Lim   IL Northern Illinois clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Thomas Galloway   OH West Ohio layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Anne Torrance-Bachmanm   VT New England clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
carol carpenetti   NY Upper New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Margaret Wiborg   Ma New England layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Anita Dinwiddie   LA Louisiana clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Mary Taylor   WV West Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Suzanne Ecklund   Ge North Georgia clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
William Noll   NJ Greater New Jersey clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Rosanne Driscoll   Ma New England layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Jean Whalen   Or Oregon/Idaho layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Rebecca Foote   PA Susquehanna (Cent. PA) clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Jan Lanterman   CA California/Nevada layperson officiant called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Bruce Davis   OK Oklahoma clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Renee Johnson   CA CalPac layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Janice Curry   TX Southwest Texas (Austin Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Ann Brechtel   DE Peninsula/Delaware layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Kathleen Ostertag   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Annabel Unland   CA CalPac layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Marjorie Knapp   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Marjorie Donnelly   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Keren Orr   WI Wisconsin layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Ellen Brennan   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Alan Kinney   NY Upper New York clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Julie Radich   So South Carolina layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Criselda Marquez   IN Indiana layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Terry Skinner   nc North Carolina layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Martha Kulhavy   WI Wisconsin layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Ruth von Minden   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
James Dwer   CA CalPac clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Karen Ayers   SC South Carolina layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Dawn Hitch   NY New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Mary Driver-Downs   VA Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Thomas Scott   TN Tennessee layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Linnea Sommer   MN Minnesota layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Judith Gehrig   CT New England layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Jane Vink   CT New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Cheryl Archer   TX Southwest Texas (Austin Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Hal Vink   CT New York clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Glenda Meier   TX Rio Grande layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Steven Hanusa   WI Wisconsin clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Gayla Anderson   KS Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Dominick Pesquera   Nj Greater New Jersey layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Lynn Domina   NY Upper New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Jeanne Powers   Ca Minnesota clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Susan Richmond   OH East Ohio layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Vicki Lawruk   DE Peninsula/Delaware layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Dave Bean   Or Oregon/Idaho clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
joanne Sivers   Pe Susquehanna (Cent. PA) clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Suzanne Byerly   VA Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Karry Carr   PA West Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
beth schultz   NJ Greater New Jersey layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Laura Hovermale   CA CalPac layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Ron Morgan   Pa West Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Karen Chellquist   De Africa Central layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Lyda Eddington   Ca CalPac clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Aaron House   MO Missouri layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Mike Tobey   Ok Oklahoma layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Amy Wilfong   VA Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
    Morrisville united Methodist Nj East Pennsylvania congregation who will not host any weddings until marriage is available for all
Douglas Cole   Il IL Great River layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Suzi Lenhart   Ok Oklahoma layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Mark Shear   NC North Carolina layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Rev. Susan Davenport   ME New England clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Chris Gent   Il Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
    Broadway UMC IL Northern Illinois congregation who will host same-sex ceremonies
Jenny Teresi   CA CalPac clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
heidi denman   OH East Ohio layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Mary Marissen   PA Africa Central layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Janice Holleny   Pe Greater New Jersey layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Corey Hidlebaugh   Ok Oklahoma layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Richard Swanson   IL Northern Illinois layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Paul Geib   VA Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Sean-Edward Hall   IL IL Great River layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Nestell Jayne   MI Detroit layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Arden Wells   LA North Texas (Dallas Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Deborah Jo Lane   KS Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Arthur Hoffman   Il IL Great River layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Dianne McLaren-Brighton   MI Detroit layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Tyler Shinstock   GA North Georgia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Laura Garry     East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Janice Weller   PA East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
mark mcroberts   MO Missouri clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Keith Martin   AR Arkansas layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Harold Tillinghast   Ca California/Nevada clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Brenda Bronson   CO Rocky Mountain layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
katherine hoover   Ne Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Bonnie Post   FL Florida layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Joyce Hill   Co New York layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Lucy I. Rosario Medina     Africa Central clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Darcy McKnight   WA Pacific Northwest layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Kathy Charlefour   MI Detroit clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Kristine Barker   Va Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Paul C. Reissmann IV   MI West Michigan layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Susan Crawson-Brizzolara   PA Upper New York clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
Roxanne Smith Taylor   TX Texas (Houston Area) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Patricia McIntire   pa East Pennsylvania layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Susan Crawson-Brizzolara   P Africa Central clergyperson called to officiate same-sex ceremonies
LeEllen Haynes   NE Great Plains (formerly Nebraska and Kansas) layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Eugene F Kester   WA Africa Central clergyperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Mikey Fuller   VA Virginia layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
Adrian Davila   AR Arkansas layperson supportive of others officiating same-sex ceremonies
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