The Good Samaritan UMC Faith Community is proud to be an inclusive and reconciling congregation!
We believe God Loves Beyond Tolerance! This means we include in the life of our church all people:
Our Church Inclusion Statement:
- The Good Samaritan United Methodist Church believes all persons are created in God’s image and are of sacred worth.
- We seek to include all God’s children in God’s church and vow to respect and intentionally embrace our common belief in the Word and Light embodied by Christ Jesus.
- We celebrate our diversity and welcome all into the full life of the church regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental capacity, education, religious background, family configuration, and marital or economic status.
Our RMN Status: The Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) 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. http://www.rmnetwork.org/
More info on how we came to this decision:
We studied for a full year with in-depth study of scripture, it’s original meaning, with added learning about society in the first century including pagan temple practices and the original meaning of the Greek words in 1 Cor 6 and other passages.
Our Church Council voted in approval on February 28, 2011 to take a stand against evil but seek to embrace God’s grace by proposing the church vote to be a reconciling congregation. We then called for an All Church meeting to administer a vote of the congregation on Sunday April 10, 2011. Our church backs this journey and intentionally seeks to become a church that includes ALL of God’s children into the full life of our church. The motion ratified on April 10, 2011 was to 1) adopt the welcoming statement of inclusiveness (see above statement in italics). 2) Adopt and implement a plan to live into this statement in accordance with the United Methodist Discipline and Doctrine of the United Methodist Church and the teachings of Jesus Christ. 3) Make this welcoming statement public. 4) Dedicate one service a year to celebrate God’s fully inclusive welcome. 5) Use the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) logo in our bulletins, newsletters, websites, other publications using GSUMC name, thereby joining the RMN.
Our plan to continue this is A) At least once a year, we will dedicate a service to celebrate God’s fully inclusive welcome. B) Designate a group or team with responsibility to ensure our church is “living into” the inclusive vision of the welcoming statement. Team members should be familiar with the Reconciling Ministries Network and its mission. C) This same group is responsible for coordinating one or more educational programs per year so the congregation will continue to grow in its understanding of true inclusion. These can be forums, workshops, film, book talks, etc. D) New members will be advised of the history and meaning of our welcoming statement and how we live out this vision.