In October 2000, after a five year process of study, education and congregational discernment, an official Church Conference of Collegiate/Wesley voted to approve our “Statement of Reconciliation” with a 92% majority.
In honor of the spirit of our statement, the Administrative Council of Collegiate/Wesley voted in December 2005 to align with the Reconciling Ministries Network, a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.
Statement of Reconciliation
Collegiate United Methodist Church
We believe that in God’s view, all human beings are persons of sacred worth. All are recipients of God’s love and grace and therefore deserve our love.
We believe that God is constantly being revealed to us through the ancient scriptures, the traditions of the church, and in very personal ways–both our individual experiences of God and our God-given reason.
We believe that God intends the church to be an inclusive community which embodies love, grace, and justice for all people.
We believe that the church is a covenant of people of diversity: many backgrounds, expectations, and styles, yet called by one Spirit revealed in Jesus of Nazareth, who encourages, challenges, and reforms the church and all persons.
We believe that Christ’s message of love is central to our faith, and therefore, we feel strongly that no interpretation of scripture is correct that encourages judgment of or contempt for any individual. Above all, we honor the command to love.
We believe that the Spirit calls us to recognize the gifts and graces of each person, to welcome all persons as our brothers and sisters to full participation in the life of the church, and to reject discrimination and exclusion however expressed.
We believe that, to truly be people of faith, actions must be consistent with our words. If what we say we believe is not borne out by faithful and intentional action, then our words are empty.
Collegiate United Methodist Church welcomes and affirms all persons without regard to gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental ability, marital status, economic condition, or anything else which threatens to divide God’s family. In our quest to follow the example of Christ, we will employ no circles of exclusion and we commit ourselves to loving acts of invitation, hospitality, and reconciliation, providing ministry to, for, and with all persons without exception.