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.
RMN National Site
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.