Reconciling Ministries"Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” - Acts 11:16-17
Reconciling Ministries Network is made of United Methodists that would like the church to fully include LGBTQI individuals in the life of the church. We look for ways to support the LGBTQI individuals we love and seek ways to heal the hurt they experience.
June 30, 6:30 PM – Movie Night
Are you confused by the conflict over homosexuality embroiling our denomination? Is love between two people ever an abomination? Does the Bible really tell us to hate gay people? Join us on June 30 and meet five normal American, Christian families that have grappled with these issues. For the Bible Tells Me So is a multi-award-winning film that thoughtfully “confronts, with whimsy and hellfire, the clash between religion and homosexuality.” A short discussion will follow the screening. Don’t miss this powerful movie!
July 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 AM – Book Study
Have you struggled with how to love God, the Bible and the LGBTQ people in your life? Our July Bible Study is an opportunity explore this topic. We will discuss the book The Children Are Free and discover a deeper understanding of what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. The book is available in paperback or Kindle versions online. The church can pre-order a copy for you if you prefer (approx. $15). We will discuss Chapter 1 on July 7, so purchase your copy in advance or contact the church before 7/10 if you would like us to order one for you).
Your Questions Answered:
What is Reconciling Ministries?
We are United Methodists that want the United Methodist Church to fully include LGBTQI Individuals in the life of the church.
As a United Methodist, don't I have to accept the denomination's official stance?
No, you don’t! The discriminatory language against LGBTQI individuals is found in the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/social-principles-social-creed). The Social Principles are commonly published in the same book as the Discipline, but they are not the Discipline. United Methodists are completely within their right to disagree with statements in the Social Principles. In other words, United Methodists are able to express their understanding that LGBTQI individuals are being harmed by the church’s statements and push to have those statements changed. Neither the congregation or our Minister can get in trouble by being a Reconciling Congregation.
Are there other Reconciling Congregations?
Yes! So far there are over 1,000 Reconciling Congregations and groups across the US. These congregations have made welcoming and integrating LGBTQ individuals a priority. This includes the United Methodist Churches in Peninsula and Kent.
Bishop Malone’s message to the East Ohio Conference following the Special General Conference.
Bishop Malone and the Delegation to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference share about the experience, and what was decided.