More than three thousand United Methodist clergy, laity, and congregations across the world have signed statements committing themselves to fulfill their vow to ministry by marrying or blessing couples regardless of their gender.
Sparta UMC “At Sparta United Methodist Church, members of the congregation in their worship, in activities within the church, and in their mission outreach want to provide a safe space for all people. Therefore we extend welcome to All … Who hope for a... read more
Nephesh Class of St. John’s UMC “Following Christ’s command to love one another, the Nephesh Class of St. John’s United Methodist Church recognizes that all people are of sacred worth and affirms that we are a Reconciling Community. In... read more
Emory UMC “We the people of the Emory United Methodist Church affirm that our church is inclusive and open to all people. We are a Reconciling Congregation, affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network, which means that we welcome all persons into full... read more
“….And since I have learned from the tradition that we bless both the good and the bitter, I will bless in a voice, hushed and weak, Blessed are you, O Lord, who has not made me a woman.” – Excerpt from Even Bochan: a poem by 13th Century Jewish Trans... read more
Five years ago, at Christmas, I went home for the holidays and announced to my family that I was planning on going to seminary. For the most part, my family was excited and supportive of my decision to pursue ordained ministry, but a few were resistant. As it turned... read more
I will not tell you who you are any more. You may tell me, and I will believe you. I will not think I know. I will not think I’ve been told, or given a glimpse of the future. I will expect nothing, carry nothing. Whatever I receive in my encounter with you, it will be... read more