There will be 3 opportunities in October for discussion and learning about what joining Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) would mean for St. Luke:
In case you missed the letter that appeared in last month’s Courier introducing Reconciling Ministries Network, following is a reprint of that letter:
TO: St. Luke Congregation
FROM: St. Luke’s Administrative Council
St. Luke’s Administrative Council is considering a proposal that our congregation become part of the Reconciling Ministries Network of United Methodist congregations/communities across the country that is working for change in the United Methodist Church. This comes in response to the meetings held before and after General Conference and the concern that after 44 years our denomination is unable to move toward full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the church.
Many congregations across the country have chosen to join this journey of inclusion by becoming part of the Reconciling Ministries Network and becoming Reconciling Congregations—in other words, taking a more public stance in declaring that all persons are of sacred worth, able to offer their God-given gifts to and to receive ministry fully from their church—living out the apostle Paul’s words from Galatians that all are one in Christ.
Reconciling Ministries Network is made up of over 800 United Methodist congregations/communities across the country. Their mission statement states, “Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.”
As a congregation, we have long considered ourselves to be a church that welcomes all persons. Many have come to believe that it is time for our congregation to openly state our desire to welcome all persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, marital status or disability.
Whether we know it or not, this is an issue that touches many of us, our friends and neighbors and persons with whom we worship every week, in very personal ways. It is our hope that the heart of St. Luke will be opened and given the courage to be the caring community we believe ourselves to be.
Our life together is built upon trust and relationship. Our conversations together recognize that we are entrusted with the responsibility of caring for the relationships we have with each other and encouraging us all to be open to the ways God may be calling us into a fuller relationship.
It is the intent of the Administrative Council that the congregation have ample opportunity to be in conversation about this important step. It is our hope that we can have caring and open conversation together.