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.
Redmond UMC “Redmond United Methodist Church embraces the concept of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God’s love and grace. Our faith moves us to welcome all persons of... read more
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
In the first part of this series, I briefly discussed the three passages that people tend to assume clearly define “Biblical Marriage” for us today. In this blog post I will discuss what it is that I, as a biblical scholar, think of when I hear “biblical marriage.”... read more
It occurs to me that inclusiveness is just not enough. As I look at the denomination of which I am a part and the culture of which I am a part, I can’t help but notice that reality and rhetoric just don’t match up. Not too long ago The United Methodist... 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