Reconciling Ministries Committee
The Reconciling Ministries Committee is a part of the Methodist tradition of social concern and action. We are a justice-seeking, Spirit-filled people seeking and end to discriminatory practices against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons both within and outside of our denomination. Committee members work on behalf of the LGBT community, their families and faith communities.
The work of the Committee is currently focused in a number of educational and action areas, including:
- Workshops on How to Become a Reconciling Congregation
- An annual essay contest that awards a scholarship for the best essay on "My Vision of a Fully Inclusive United Methodist Church"
- Producing videos to raise awareness of the issues of inclusion. The first, "Because God First Loved Us," was produced in 1996.
- Consciousness-raising actions and resolutions at Annual Conference sessions seek to move the message of a fully inclusive church into reality.
Reconciling Ministries Network
We are part of the Reconciling Ministries Network
(RMN), a national network of United Methodist-focused organizations advocating for the full inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the life of the Church.
Founded in 1984, RMN consists of hundreds of United Methodist congregations and dozens of campus ministries and Reconciling Communities, and more than 18,000 individual members. Organizations involved include the Parents' Reconciling Network, Reconciling Ministries Clergy, United Methodists of Color, and RMN's student movement, MOSAIC.