GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE
SO DO WE
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 (https://www.minnesotamethodists.org/vision).
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 https://www.minnesotamethodists.org/signers.
Churches who would like to sign can should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Please 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.
Signing Congregations and Communities
Hamline Church - Saint Paul
Aldersgate Church - Minneapolis
Lake Harriet UMC - Minneapolis
Prospect Park UMC - Minneapolis
Peace Community of Faith, a congregation of the United Methodist Church - Shoreview
Christ UMC - Rochester
Hennepin Avenue UMC - Minneapolis
Good Samaritan UMC - Edina
Faith UMC - St. Anthony
White Bear Lake UMC
First UMC Duluth - The Coppertop
Fairmount Avenue UMC - Saint Paul
The Grove UMC - Cottage Grove, Woodbury
Community UMC of Columbia Heights
Common Ground - Cambridge
Bethel Methodist Church - Mound
Eden Prairie UMC
Walker Community UMC - Minneapolis
Centennial UMC - Roseville, St Anthony Park
Spirit of Hope UMC - Golden Valley
Wesley Center - Hamline University
Epworth UMC - Minneapolis
Path of Grace UMC - Maplewood
Wesley Foundation - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minnehaha UMC - Minneapolis
Portland Avenue UMC Church Council - Bloomington
First United Methodist Church of Red Wing
Centenary UMC - Mankato
United Methodist Church of Anoka
The Recovery Church - St. Paul
Gethsemane UMC - Lino Lakes