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Reconciling Ministries
Potluck Lunch

Our Reconciling Ministry Group meets the 1st Sunday of every month at 12:15 p.m. for a potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Our purpose is to build relationships, knowledge, and understanding that can lead to a more inclusive church by offering opportunities for dialogue through education, ministry, advocacy, and witness.

Come to me ALL

 

Come to me All cover"Come to me ALL" is our first printing of stories shared by individuals in our Central UMC family.  It is being offered In the spirit of Bishop Goodpaster’s direction to continue the conversation about homosexuality and the United Methodist Church.

 

Free copies are available by contacting a member of the Central UMC Reconciling Ministry Group.  You may download a pdf of the booklet here:  Come to me ALL.

 

Since many of you missed the deadline for this printing, we are collecting additional stories for the second printing of this booklet.  Please email them to Steve Noblitt at graynob@charter.net (you may remain anonymous if you’d prefer).   A small group of folks will edit these stories (with your final approval) in preparation for publication.

Reconciling ministry
Reconciling Ministries

 

The Reconciling Ministries Network is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people -- including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people -- in the life and ministry of the church.  A Reconciling Ministries Group has existed at CUMC since 2008.  Our purpose is to build relationships, knowledge, and understanding that can lead to a more inclusive church by offering opportunities for dialogue through education, ministry, advocacy, and witness.

 

We currently meet on the first Sunday of each month for a potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall following the late service.  Occasionally there are conflicts due to holidays or other churchwide special events, so it's always a good idea to check the Jot & Tittle or back of the bulletin to confirm a meeting date.  You may also contact Pat Horton (828) 277-5538 or Laura Kirby (828) 350-0833 for more information about the group's activities and meetings.

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Reconciling Ministries Wants to Share Your Story!

 
Central UMC’s Reconciling Ministries Group is seeking personal stories of CUMC members’ experiences with the United Methodist Church’s policy on homosexuality for the third printing of our book, “Come to Me All”.
The UMC Book of Discipline states that homosexuality is “inconsistent with Christian teachings” and bars LGBTQ people from becoming UMC pastors. It also prohibits UMC ministerial staff or facilities from involvement with anything related to homosexuality.
 
If you have lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer family members or friends and have a story that involves the United Methodist Church, please send it to Steve Noblitt, graynob@charter.net.