One action item at November 7's church conference was introduced by Church Leadership Council Chair Cindy Noe: "This year has been troubling and emotional for the United Methodist Church worldwide, within the US, Wisconsin, and even at Trinity Church in Beaver Dam. Here at Trinity we’ve been taking small steps to become educated, to learn so we can better understand the issues and sort through our own personal feelings. We felt it was important to create a short welcome statement for our ministries, developed by leadership here at Trinity and then recently approved by the Church Council. We are simply stating that all people are welcome and are of sacred worth":
Trinity Church-United Methodist acknowledges God claims each and every person as a beloved child. No matter who you are, where you come from, how much you have, who you love,or how you identify, we welcome everyone who wishes to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ. Regardless of where you are in your life and faith journey, we invite you to join us as we strive to serve each and every person, practicing the same inclusive love and intentional hospitality God so freely gives to us. Trinity Church protects diversity in all its forms by focusing on God’s grace being available to all and living out that grace through acts of love, mercy and justice. ALL are welcome at Trinity Church.
Everyone who voted on this item approved the adoption of this welcoming statement on behalf of our congregation. We look forward to living into it together, encouraging its use on our publications and posting on our church website, and acting to welcome and invite all persons to be part of this ministry we share!
The author of United Methodism’s most popular long-term Bible study, the four-part Disciple Bible Study series, has issued a plea to the church “to heal and not divide” over the issue of homosexuality.