You’re Invited to Discuss PVUMC Welcoming Statements
On Sunday, February 12, 2017, you’re invited to the last of our Roundtable events to discuss possible Welcoming Statements for our church. More than 80 members and friends of PVUMC met in the Fellowship Center on August 21, 2016 for a frank and spirited conversation around the issue of inclusiveness by our congregation with an emphasis on the LGBTQ community. The focus of our conversations was whether PVUMC should adopt a broad welcoming statement which specifically and intentionally includes sexual orientation, such as:
“We are committed to being a welcoming, fully inclusive and authentic faith community, without regard to race, ethnicity, marital status, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental capacity, education or economic status.”
We will review and discuss a few more sample PVUMC Welcoming Statements on February 12 in hopes of reaching a consensus or at least some common ground.
The discussion will begin in the Fellowship Center with a light lunch (provided by the Reconciling Ministries Team). If you would like lunch, please RSVP for this event no later than Wednesday, February 10 by emailing or calling Betty Price, administrative assistant to Senior Pastor Dave Summers: firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-840-8360, ext 129. Items will be available at 12:15 pm and the program will begin at 12:30 pm. For childcare, please call 602-840-8360, ext 134, at least 48 hours in advance of the event.
The conversations at the August 21 roundtable, the discussions this past fall in 2016 and those in January and Feruary this year are part of the historic process within the United Methodist Church as the church has examined social issues of importance such as slavery, suffrage, the role of laity in church governance, abortion, education, and allowing women to serve as clergy. All of these issues have had the potential to divide the church, and some did. But, we must continue to move forward as the arc of history in the church leans towards creating greater inclusiveness following the ministry and witness of Jesus Christ.
Senior Pastor Dave Summers will send out a Pastoral letter to the entire congregation in early 2017, before the Roundtable event.
The Reconciling Ministry Team will take the information gathered at the Roundtable and decide on a recommendation to send to Church Council for a vote in late February 2017. The Council will decide whether or not to send their decison to the congregation (at a Church Conference) for ratification.
We invite you to continue to be a part of this important, ongoing conversation which seeks to draw us closer to our own vision: “love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.” — The Reconciling Ministry Team at PVUMC