WHAT WE BELIEVE


ALTER FOR ALL

We are committed to offering grace to all persons on an equal basis. We refuse to discriminate against any of God’s children.  We seek to make marriage equality a lived reality in the United Methodist Church, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.

 

Joyfully, we affirm that we will offer the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage. We are convinced by others' witness and compelled by the Spirit. 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, as United Methodists, in accordance with our membership vow to “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves,” commit to supporting these prophetic clergy in faithfully ministering to all, 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.

A RECONCILING CONGREGATION

Christ Church United Methodist is called to the ministry of reconciliation, as asserted in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. We celebrate our 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, 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 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. All people are welcome to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.