Thanks for coming by our booth at Pridefest! We know that sometimes churches don’t have the best reputation when it comes to being welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people, so we’re glad you took a risk and came by. (We promise not to overwhelm your phone or email with messages, by the way. We’ll send just one more message out later announcing the gift certificate winner.)

Collegiate/Wesley was the first United Methodist church in Iowa to become a reconciling congregation (in 2000). One of our core values is “A Commitment to the Value of Every Person.” In all of our publications you’ll find these words printed:

We welcome and affirm 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 examples 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.

Collegiate/Wesley also adopted a Marriage Equality Statement in October, 2015, one of the first United Methodist churches in Iowa to do so. Maybe you’ve even noticed a subtle welcome in the colors of our logo.

We’re not a perfect church by any means, but we do intentionally work towards living out these statements and educating our congregation about them. If you’re looking for a church to be part of where you’ll feel…and be…welcome, we hope you’ll come by for worship or one of our many other events. Down the road a bit, being part of our Rainbow Vision Team would be just one way to help this congregation continue to engage with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Again, we’re glad we had a chance to meet you at Pridefest, and we invite you to come any time to check us out in person. We invite you to worship with us on Sundays at either 8:30 or 11:00 AM, come to our weekly “soup supper” on Wednesday nights at 6 PM (a great place to meet people), or take part in anything else that interests you at Collegiate/Wesley!