Letter: Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church becomes reconciling congregation to welcome all
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, promoting equal rights for all Americans, the Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church would like to share our newly adopted Public Welcoming Statement, which reads:
“Led by God’s Spirit, the people of the Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church proclaim that each person is uniquely created by God and is a beloved child worthy of God’s love and grace. We celebrate this diversity and embrace all persons without regard to age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, economic status, faith history or physical or mental ability. Believing that we can love alike even though we may not think alike, we welcome the full inclusion of all persons in the life and ministry of Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church and invite each one to join us as we journey together, with God’s grace, toward greater love, understanding and mutual respect.”
As a result of our congregation unanimously voting to adopt this statement, the church has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network and become a Reconciling Congregation.
We want this to be a safe spiritual home for all people and, as a congregation, we want the community to know that we embrace diversity in all forms. We believe there is strength in diversity, and we hope that all people will feel welcome at our church. If you are looking for this kind of place, we invite you to come check us out.
Our Inclusiveness Team meets monthly and is seeking members of the community who would like to be involved. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the church office at 970-879-1290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our services are on Sundays at 9 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary), and we also offer an Open Table community dinner every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. through March (except for Feb. 21).
Rev. Tim Selby, pastor, and Diane Muntean, Pam Ruehle, Lynn Ross-Bryant, Taylor Anderson, Claudia Droel, Marcia Pryde and Rev. Pam Graham, Inclusive Team members
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