Yes. You are welcome here, period.
The congregation has a deep history and commitment to an open table, and so we welcome the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community. We believe God’s desire to reconcile is so great that all are welcome. You need not be a member of this church or any church to come to communion. We ask that you come with the intention to leave the table to live in peace with God and neighbor.
While the church law in the United Methodist Church does not yet allow for clergy to officiate at union ceremonies, and while the church does not yet ordain gay and lesbian clergy who are out, First United Methodist Church is working with this pain in many ways.
We go directly and have conversation. We listen. We disagree. We pray. We try to love as Jesus does. As Christians, we try to do that while seeing the sacred in each of us.
Try worship sometime. Email a pastor. Join us in a service project. God has given us so much to love.
An Uncommon Look at Common Scriptures
Download outlines of a three series course addressing scriptures that are commonly quoted on the issue of homosexuality using the uncommon approach of studying the background, culture, and intended meaning of the scriptures using the historical-critical and socio-cultural approaches to study.