Ministry with LGBTQ persons at CLAREMONT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Ministries with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning people and their allies.
STATEMENT of RECONCILIATION
Luke 10:27 says,
... You shall love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
In this spirit, we acknowledge that each person is a member of God's family, and a recipient of God's love and grace.
Therefore, we members of the Claremont United Methodist Church strive to draw all people into this loving relationship with God, and to be a community which embodies love, reconciliation and justice for all people.
(modified September 11, 2011)
As faithful disciples of Jesus and his teachings, we advocate for the full inclusion and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in the church and community.
We publicly extend a welcoming hand to LGBT persons looking for a church home;
We support a nurturing environment for LGBT persons, their families and allies;
We provide ongoing education for our congregation and the community;
We advocate for the elimination of restrictions on clergy in their ministry with LGBT persons;
We challenge the General Conference to allow LGBT persons to be ordained and appointed in The United Methodist Church.
CALENDAR of EVENTS
We just celebrated our 23rd anniversary of being an open and reconciling congregation to the LGBTQ community on May 22, 2016. We hold an annual celebration of our church's 1993 decision to publically state to our community and our denomination that we recognize LGBTQ people as a good part of God's creation and should be fully embraced as brothers and sisters in the Christian faith. You can see portions of this year's service by clicking the link below.
OUR BUSINESS MEETINGS
are held the first Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. in Room 2, the main building of our church. Our meetings are open to all interested persons with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered concerns, and this would include straight individuals who are supportive of our Mission Statement, or have family members who are perhaps LGBTQ.
From time to time in 2016 through 2017 the planning committee will be presenting some educational and social justice programs, starting September 18, 2016 at 11:30 in the Round Building of our church with the movie "Trans." Lunch will be available at a modest donation before the movie and a panel discussion of transgender issues will follow. We have also secured the DVD of the movie "From Selma to Stonewall," a highly rated documentary about the gay and African American communities coming together for civil rights. This will be presented later in the Fall or early Spring.
Our Reconciling Committee has authored a booklet entitled "Stories of Sacred Worth" which describes what it means to be part of a church where God's unconditional love is apparent. In this booklet you can read stories from parents who wanted a welcoming environment in which to raise their children, from parents of LGBTQ children who needed a church home where everyone in the family is welcome, from members of the LGBTQ community who needed a safe place to worship and serve Christ alongside everyone else. Free copies of this booklet are available along the patio window.
The film “Trans” — a part of the program on September 18, 2016 — is available for viewing on Amazon for free if you are member of Amazon Prime.