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United Methodist churches are increasingly not waiting for the UMC to change their policies of exclusion—they are being the church now. They are choosing Biblical Obedience, whether that be in officiating same gender weddings or choosing not to host any wedding until it is legal for all. Churches are voting to be intentionally welcoming by becoming Reconciling. Individuals are being trained by the hundreds to help those churches in their process. Three prominent United Methodists made statements for LGBTQ inclusion recently—one was a bishopone a former Secretary of State, and one a GOP senator. The spirit of inclusion is moving and it is bringing change to places like Texas and South Carolina and everywhere in between. Hearts are changing as we learned 58% of Americans are in favor of marriage equality. As Bishop Gene Robinson said, “I know in my heart how this ends: full LGBT inclusions in our country, institutions, temples, mosques, and churches. Knowing how it ends helps you get there.”

Celebrating new communities in the network

City Square Church Phoenix, AZ
Wesley UMC Aurora, IL
First UMC Melrose, MA
Dawsey SS Class of Washington Street UMC Columbia, SC
Open Hearts Support Group at St. Peter’s UMC Katy, TX
First UMC Austin, TX
United Parish Upton, MA
Fairlington UMC Alexandria, VA
Fairport UMC Fairport, NY
Lake Park UMC Oakland, CA
Thirst (Early Worship Community of Fall City UMC) Fall City, WA
Christ in Culture Class of Wells Memorial UMC Jackson, Mississippi

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