Reconciling Community at FUMC of Iowa City
A group of concerned members of our congregation has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network to advocate for full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Reconciling Community Meetings
Led by Andrew Hoffmann
When: Generally the 4th Sunday at 12PM. Please see the calendar for the specific meeting time and date.
Where: Upper Room, in the back of the Sanctuary
The Welcoming Statement that was adopted on January 30, 2018:
We affirm Jesus’ example of love without reservation. We welcome participation of all people in the life and ministries of First United Methodist Church and we celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and believe this diversity enriches our journey together in faith.
First United Methodist Church openly welcomes all within the community of faith, who exhibit any and all differences in the human condition including, but not limited to: race, sex, age, ethnicity, culture, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, educational level, economic status, personality, and marital status as participants in the life and work of our community.
First United Methodist Church is a place where ALL are welcome.
The Reconciling Statement that was adopted on July 17, 2018:
We, as First United Methodist Church of Iowa City, believe that God intends the church to be an inclusive community which embodies love, grace, and justice for all people.
We recognize there are those who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination within the church.
We affirm the sacred worth of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
We are committed to the reconciliation of all person to God and to each other through Jesus Christ, and we will advocate for full inclusion of all persons into the life of the United Methodist Church.
We recognize that there remain differences of opinion among us, but we journey together in faith towards greater understanding and mutual respect.
The Reconciling Ministries Team continues to support inclusiveness with ongoing efforts in the congregation.
We have advocated to our Church Council for a revision of our marriage policy to be open to all.
We have provided information to the congregation about inclusive terms and language to be welcoming for all.
We have demonstrated our inclusiveness to the Iowa City community when over two dozen members of our congregation walked in the Iowa City PrideFest parade in June 2019.
And we are committed to doing more to open the church to all.
RMT Congregational Conversation –
On February 23, 2020, The Reconciling Ministries Team led a discussion with Pastor Barrie Tritle sharing information about proposed legislation for General Conference 2020. Of particular interest is the proposed Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. The following is a link to the Facebook livestream of the discussion. Here is a link to the actual Protocol, and a link to FAQs about the Protocol provided by the United Methodist Church. Here is also a link to a pastoral letter from Iowa Bishop Laurie Haller.