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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.

A Statement of Understanding and Belief of the Reconciling Ministry Group at Central UMC

 

We are aware that the church's Book of Discipline includes conflicting messages regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) individuals.  The Book of Discipline affirms the sacred worth of all persons, yet goes on to deny GLBT members full participation in the life of the church and states that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. 

We recognize these conflicting messages as a problem within our denomination and this congregation.  We believe that God introduced diversity into this complex world and that sexual orientation is one of the many aspects of diversity valued by God.  Our hope is for genuine reconciliation within this congregation and among all of God's children. 

By offering opportunities for dialogue through education, ministry, advocacy, and witness, we seek to build relationships, knowledge, and understanding that can lead to a more inclusive church.  We commit to dialogue in Christian love, refraining from judgment and anger against those who disagree.  We acknowledge our dependence on the Holy Spirit in that task.

With this statement of belief we affirm our commitment to transforming our church and world into the full expression of Christ's inclusive love, and invite participation by others within Central UMC who share that goal.  We also seek to connect with other United Methodists who want to be part of our dialogue and reconciling process. 

We are affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), which is made up of more than 80,000 United Methodists across the United States.  The RMN encompasses nearly 300 Reconciling Congregations, 35 Reconciling Campus Ministries, and 75 other Reconciling Communities and Ministries.  It is a collection of United Methodists who are working for the full participation of all people in the life of the church.

Statement adopted:  January 2010

All this is from God, who reconciled us...through Christ, and who

gives us the ministry of reconciliation.

 -- II Corinthians 5:18



For more information or to get involved, contact Pat Horton (828) 277-5538 or Laura Kirby (828) 350-0833.

 

Last Published: July 22, 2015 6:12 PM