Reconciling Statement in support of our mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
At First United Methodist, we strive to embody the statement “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”. We embrace the diversity of our community and the world as a God-given classroom where we affirm that all people are beloved children of God and enveloped in God’s love and grace. In celebrating our diversity, we invite all persons to participate fully in the life and ministries of our church regardless of age, faith history, racial or ethnic background, marital or economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, physical or mental ability, and any other difference real or perceived.
We recognize ourselves as a reconciling congregation while acknowledging that there are differences among us. In spite of these differences, we firmly believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination in the church or in society, and we know that everyone’s participation in our ministries enriches us. We invite all people to join our faith journey, moving forward together in the important work of reconciliation and love for all people.
In November of 2018, FUMC voted to become a reconciling congregation.