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A letter from Minnesota United Methodists

We stand in opposition to the actions taken at the recent global gathering of The United Methodist Church to tighten restrictions on the ordination of LGBTQIA+ clergy and to maintain prohibitions on clergy who perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. We grieve this decision and the pain it causes our siblings throughout the world. Too often, our silence has done harm.

We say to our LGBTQIA+ siblings: you are beloved children of God, and you are beloved by us. We celebrate the many gifts and graces you bring to the church. We humbly seek forgiveness.

We commit ourselves to creating the inclusive church God intends us to be. We seek to undo the harm caused by exclusion and discrimination through systemic forms of oppression against all marginalized people both inside the church and in our greater society. We recommit to working for the full inclusion of all people.

We invite you to share your vision for a fully inclusive church on our Share Your Vision page (

The local United Methodist faith communities and members listed below proclaim God’s love and grace are for all.  We welcome everyone and extend a special welcome to our LGBTQIA+ neighbors, allies, and families.

United Methodist lay people and clergy wishing to add their name to this letter can sign below. The listing of names will be published to this page manually. The letter and signers’ names will be published online, social media platforms, and possibly in print media. Note, names will not immediately appear - please sign only once.

The full list of individual signers can be found at

Churches who would like to sign can should email us at check the list below to see if your church has already signed. If you would like to sign as an individual as well, please submit a separate response.

Name *
Lay or Clergy

Signing Congregations and Communities

  1. Hamline Church - Saint Paul

  2. Aldersgate Church - Minneapolis

  3. Lake Harriet UMC - Minneapolis

  4. Prospect Park UMC - Minneapolis

  5. Peace Community of Faith, a congregation of the United Methodist Church - Shoreview

  6. Minnetonka UMC

  7. Christ UMC - Rochester

  8. Hennepin Avenue UMC - Minneapolis

  9. Good Samaritan UMC - Edina

  10. Faith UMC - St. Anthony

  11. White Bear Lake UMC

  12. First UMC Duluth - The Coppertop

  13. Excelsior UMC

  14. Fairmount Avenue UMC - Saint Paul

  15. Richfield UMC

  16. The Grove UMC - Cottage Grove, Woodbury

  17. Community UMC of Columbia Heights

  18. Common Ground - Cambridge

  19. Bethel Methodist Church - Mound

  20. Eden Prairie UMC

  21. Walker Community UMC - Minneapolis

  22. Centennial UMC - Roseville, St Anthony Park

  23. Spirit of Hope UMC - Golden Valley

  24. Wesley Center - Hamline University

  25. Epworth UMC - Minneapolis

  26. Path of Grace UMC - Maplewood

  27. Perham UMC

  28. Wesley Foundation - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  29. Minnehaha UMC - Minneapolis

  30. Portland Avenue UMC Church Council - Bloomington

  31. Wykoff UMC

  32. First United Methodist Church of Red Wing

  33. Centenary UMC - Mankato

  34. United Methodist Church of Anoka

  35. Champlin UMC

  36. The Recovery Church - St. Paul

  37. Gethsemane UMC - Lino Lakes

  38. Mabel UMC

  39. Newburg UMC

  40. Harmony UMC

  41. First UMC of the St. Cloud Region

The List of individual signers can be found at