On October 8, 2000, Collegiate United Methodist Church approved a Statement of Reconciliation, which promises to welcome and affirm all persons while employing “no circles of exclusion.”
In its continuing effort to live into the spirit and practice of this Statement of Reconciliation, at its regularly-scheduled meeting on October 19, 2015, the Church Council voted unanimously (15-0) to expand its building use and wedding policies to support the use of church facilities for all marriage ceremonies approved by a pastor appointed to the church and licensed in the State of Iowa.
The decision comes after a year-long process which included the presentation of the policy expansion by the church’s Rainbow Vision Team, a straw poll to see there was interest in the congregation to pursue the policy expansion, a series of educational classes and opportunities for dialogue and discussion, and a more formal poll asking church members to anonymously express their support or non-support of the measure as a way of guiding Church Council members in their decision. The formal poll tallied 210-18 in favor of the measure (92%).
A number of churches that are a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network have adopted a similar marriage equality policy to stand as a contrasting witness to The United Methodist Book of Discipline’s current ban of same-sex unions and weddings. These churches include Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., First United Methodist Church (Chicago Temple) in Chicago, IL, and Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines.
Click here for the newly-adopted Commitment to Marriage Equality statement.