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Christ Church United Methodist
A Reconciling Congregation
Pastoral care and the sacraments and rituals of the church are means of grace by which the lives of all Christians are blessed by God. As congregations and as individual laypersons and clergy, we therefore declare our commitment to offer such means of grace to all persons on an equal basis. We refuse to discriminate against any of God’s children. We pledge to make marriage equality a lived reality within the United Methodist Church, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.
Joyfully, we affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage. We are convinced by the witness of others and are compelled by Spirit and conscience to act. We thank the many United Methodists who have already called for full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church.
We repent that it has taken us so long to act. We realize that our church’s discriminatory policies tarnish the witness of the Church to the world. We realize our complicity [in perpetuating this harm}. We value our covenant relationships and ask everyone to hold the divided community of the United Methodist Church in prayer.
We, United Methodists, lay and clergy, in accordance with our membership vows to “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves,” commit to supporting these prophetic clergy in faithfully ministering to all, including through any consequences* of their living fully into that duty.
*Possible consequences: clergy can be tried for disobedience to the Book of Discipline. If that happens to a pastor of Christ Church, the congregation vows to continue to support that pastor financially and spiritually. Christ Church would retain that pastor.
Christ Church Voted on this Pledge on April 21, 2013. It passed with a vote, 72-2.
Christ Church United Methodist is called to the ministry of reconciliation, as asserted in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. We celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and educational background.
We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and, as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s unconditional love and grace. We welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of Christ Church United Methodist as we journey toward personal and social reconciliation and transformation, calling out the gifts of all.
We embrace as a gift the diversity of our congregation. We recognize that there are differences among us, but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.
Christ Church is a thoughtful Christian community seeking relationship, offering grace, questioning faith, and striving for personal and social holiness.
Our hope is that you will find here a Christian community of integrity that will challenge you and encourage you in your spiritual journey. We offer many opportunities for congregational involvement and community service. We invite you to be a part of our congregation.