“We, the Reconciling Community of Disciples United Methodist Church, embrace the Methodist spirit and action of “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”.
We affirm that all persons are beloved children of God.
We celebrate the rich diversity with which God has blessed his people which includes all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
We support the full inclusion of all persons into the community of the church so that the gift of love may be celebrated with marriage and the call to ministry sanctioned by ordination.”
Upstate Reconciling Ministries Network to meet at Disciples
The Upstate Reconciling Ministries Community will meet Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Disciples UMC, 185 Riley Smith Road, Greenville. We include members of all United Methodist churches in the Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg districts. But we are open to one and all.
Our mission is to: work for the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church, extending to them the opportunity for Christian marriage and ordained leadership.
We will hear from our Vice-Chairperson, Shannon Creighton, who will tell about the significant progress being made at Trinity UMC, Spartanburg.
On March 10th, we will also split into small groups to explore ways to help our congregations promote inclusion in our churches and communities.
Additionally, we will 1) share what we learned and observed at the recent Listening Session held by our General Conference delegates in Mauldin; and 2) prepare for the possibility that our individual congregations might be forced to vote between leaving the United Methodist Church or remaining with it.
Finally, note that we can loan to any interested church a DVD produced by Rev. Rob Fuquay “Faithful and Inclusive.” Contact Vicki McCartha at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/FaithfulAndInclusive/ to learn more this great resource.
There is a lot before us! Invite a friend to go with you to Disciples United Methodist Church March 10, at 7:00!
Yours in Christ,
Paul Wood, Chairperson, Upstate Reconciling Ministries Community
Access my website and blog at palmettopaul.com
Disciples still has the only reconciling community in the Greenville area. We invite you to show your support for a more diverse United Methodist Church by becoming a reconciling individual at https://rmnetwork.org/ , by attending the Upstate RMN meeting or by talking to one of your friends in the Reconciling Community at DUMC to learn more.