Organize a Reconciling United Methodist (RUM) member drive
Maybe, your Church is Reconciling. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are welcome, and you make your stand public through signs, messages in your bulletins, and public advertising. You wonder, do we really need to talk about this again?
Maybe your church has been Reconciling for many years, you have focused on many social justice issues, and have not celebrated or publicized your commitment to full inclusion in a while. You wonder, are we still a Reconciling church? How can I get my fellow leaders involved? What can we do in our local community to be part of the movement for full inclusion?
Maybe your church is tired. The economy is still pretty shaky, things are always changing and it feels like one more leak in the roof will bring the entire church to ruin. Maybe membership has declined, or the neighborhood is changing. You know this is a vital part of the congregation’s identity, but you are not sure how to get people excited again?
Maybe you are newly a pastor at a Reconciling church and you’re not sure what this is all about, or you are a lay leader and you are not sure if your new pastor supports your church’s traditional fully inclusive hospitality. You want to have a dialogue about inclusion, or at least find out if the church is still hospitable, and you want to know, how do we talk about full inclusion again after all this time?
Maybe your church is active in community work for marriage and full protections for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Maybe you feel like your community has done great work learning about and supporting lesbian and gay folks but needs to do some more journeying to be hospitable for bi and trans people.
Maybe your community wants to start a conversation about intersectionality to learn about how racism, classism, sexism, and ableism are connected to the LGBTQ movement.
Maybe your lay and clergy leaders are active in United Methodist annual conference, district and general events to help change United Methodist policy, and you want to know, what next?
Maybe it’s time to hold a RUM Drive.
Have questions? Need help to make this event a success in your community? Or just want to let us know you’re hosting a RUM drive? We’d love to say thank you for helping us build the movement. Contact your regional organizer:
Western Jurisdiction – Rev. Izzy Alvaran
Northeastern Jurisdiction – Rev. Lois McCullen Parr
North Central Jurisdiction – Rev. Lois McCullen Parr
South Central Jurisdiction – Laura Young
Southeastern Jurisdiction – Helen Ryde