Walking into a new church community for the first time can be a daunting thing. Surrounded by a sea of new faces and unfamiliar traditions, knowing that you stick out like sore thumb as the “newbie,” sometimes people greeting you warmly, others looking right by you as if you’re not there. This is a universal fear for all people when they are new to a community. But we recognize there is an added dimension for people in the LGBTQ+ community. The Christian church is known for judging, condemning, and excluding people of sexual orientations and gender identities different than the “norm.” As a church, we are exploring together how our perceptions of being welcoming line up with the perceptions of others.
Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves (source: https://rmnetwork.org/about/who-we-are/). See the network’s website (rmnetwork.org) for more information.
At CUMC, we’re known as a welcoming congregation.Formally stating our support of the LGBTQ+ community could be a new, vital step in expanding our ministry of hospitality. A hallmark of the Methodist Church is that we have members with many different viewpoints on many different issues.
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