Q & A for the LGBT Community
You asked. We Answered.
What about the LGBT community? Am I really welcome?
Yes. You are welcome here, period. The congregation has a deep history and commitment to an open table, and so we welcome the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community. We are all God's children. We believe God’s desire to reconcile is so great that all are welcome to fully participate in the life of the community, including at the communion table. You need not be a member of this church or any church to come to communion. We ask that you come with intention to leave the table to live in peace with God and neighbor. While the church law in the United Methodist Church does not yet allow for clergy to officiate at union ceremonies, and while the church does not yet ordain gay and lesbian clergy who are out, FUMC is working with this pain in many ways.
- Recognizing there are many whose conscience has them stand in differing places, but we aim to be in respectful relationships.
- Making leadership, teaching and ministry accessible for anyone with the gifts and passion.
- Teaching in our Bible studies the real content of scripture, and that God does not call us to hate.
- Offering provocative, inspiring worship services aimed to help you live a life of balance – faith that is tended inwardly and lived outwardly.