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RECONCILING MINISTRIES

The Welcoming Journey

First UMC Lincoln has long been a faith community that welcomes and accepts people from all walks of life. Our website and weekly worship bulletins feature this statement of welcome:

We are a people of inclusion, not exclusion.
We believe God's grace is available to all people,
no matter where you're from, what you look like, who you love, or what’s in your past.
That's why our communion table is open to all.


Church Council voted in March 2024 to form the Reconciling Ministries Core Team to create and implement a plan to adopt a more formal statement which would specifically welcome and affirm LGBTQ+ individuals into the life and leadership of our local congregation. In addition, this welcoming statement would explore the diversity that exists within the LGBTQ+ community and would address factors such as age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education, family structure, and so on, as well as our congregation's commitment to the pursuit of justice for all people. Adoption of the welcoming statement will also affiliate us with the Reconciling Ministries Network, an organization committed to achieving LGBTQ+ justice and full inclusion in the life and leadership of The United Methodist Church, both in policy and in practice.

Upcoming Events

The Core Team's plan is based on conversation and education. Please visit our Welcoming & Affirming Resource Center in the back of the sanctuary for more information and be sure to attend our upcoming educational events. These events are free and open to the community, as well as church members.

SATURDAY,APRIL 20 at 6:00PM
DOCUMENTARY VIEWING PARTY

 

1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture
Join us in watching this feature documentary that follows the story of tireless researchers who trace the origins of the anti-gay movement among Christians to a grave mistranslation of the Bible in 1946.

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