Q & A for the LGBT Community

You asked. We answered.

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 are:

  • Recognizing there are many whose conscience has them stand in differing places, but we aim to be in respectful dialogue,
  • Raising a group that offers a ministry of support, advocacy, and faith formation,
  • Teaching in our Bible studies the real context of scripture, and that God does not call us to hate,
  • Offering provocative, inspiring worship services aimed to help you live a life of balance--faith that is tended inwardly and lived outwardly.

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.