Adopted by Church Conference vote on February 1, 1998
Because we are an invitational
church, we, as members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, affirm Christ's
unconditional invitation to all to seek a personal relationship with God through
Because we are a supportive, inclusive
church, we affirm all loving relationships among people, and further affirm
that love is found in friendships, parent-child relationships, heterosexual
relationships, homosexual relationships, and families created by birth or by
Because we are a Christ-centered
church, we believe Christ when he said that in Christ there are only two commandments.
We must love God with all our heart and soul, and love our neighbor, whether
that neighbor is like or unlike us, as ourselves. We believe this commandment
allows us to draw no boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable members
of our church.
Because we are a United Methodist
Church, we rejoice in our church's history of fighting injustice and oppression,
of calling attention to the needs and rights of all persons. We challenge
ourselves and our denomination to affirm in word and deed the fundamental spiritual
principle that all people are children of God.
Because we are a people of faith,
we believe that it is part of our ministry and God's plan to affirm the glorious
diversity of our community, made up of people of different ages, abilities,
races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, nationalities, and sexual orientations,
and yet to affirm also the unity we experience in Christ. We pray that
in so doing we will encourage all persons of faith as they work for God's Glory.
We hereby affirm our commitment
to the basic principles of our faith by declaring St. Paul's United Methodist
Church a reconciling congregation, a congregation which welcomes gay men, lesbians,
and bisexuals into the same community of faith into which all are invited.
We pledge also to work for the day when society will welcome in the same way
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