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Church Conference Scheduled for Becoming a Reconciling Congregation

Church Conference Scheduled for Becoming a Reconciling Congregation

By: Suzanne Vattuone & Rene Markley

The Reconciling Fellowship would like to share the results of our recent straw poll regarding formally adopting our Welcome Statement (in our bulletin each week) as well as becoming a Reconciling Congregation. 281 participated in voting and 89% of those who responded online and by paper ballot were in favor of both of the issues. After much prayer, dialogue, discernment and with guidance from our Pastors, a decision has been made to call a Church Conference on March 17th in the Sanctuary at 11:45 am where each church member can officially cast their vote. Rev. John Farley, our District Superintendent, will be the Presiding Elder. We encourage everyone to make their voice heard.

We want to make sure that everyone's questions regarding what it means to be a Reconciling Congregation have been answered. Becoming a Reconciling Congregation will not force our Pastors to perform marriages they don't want to perform. As always, they will be free to follow their hearts. And becoming a Reconciling Congregation would not put us in conflict with the UMC Book of Discipline even with the changes of the most recent General Conference.

Becoming a Reconciling Congregation does not mean that we all have to have the same interpretation of all of the verses in the Bible. In fact, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, welcomed the diversity of differing theological perspectives and preached that we should listen to each others' truths with respect and understanding, not judgment, that we should learn from each other, and that we should work together to find a greater truth for all. For us the greater truth came from Jesus when he gave us the two greatest commandments: love God and love each other. And if we didn't know how to love each other, Jesus gave us the Golden Rule: treat others the way you want to be treated.

Please join us in the Sanctuary on March 17th at 11:45 am as we continue on the journey of trying to follow John Wesley's and Jesus' teachings of sharing God's radical, unconditional love with everyone.

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