“We invite you to join us on a shared journey of life and faith, open to all, regardless of age, ability, economics, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, politics, theology or anything else that might separate us from each other. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, you’re invited to walk with Christ in community with all of God’s children, and embrace the endless possibilities of God’s unconditional love.”
Above is PVUMC’s new invitational statement, authored by Adult Learning Team Members Keith Sobraske, Ian Quinn and Stu Selthun, and edited by Pam Selthun, marketing and communications director.
This final statement is shorter than the original statement, which appears below and was recommended for approval by the Reconciling Ministries Team. It was shared as part of a wider “Common Ground Proposal” which will be discussed in more detail moving forward with the church’s inclusiveness initiative. The Church Council heard from members of the congregation and the council before the vote, and decided that the statement would be approved with the understanding that it may be shortened or edited as needed by the authors and the Marketing and Communications Director. The shorter version, which reflects feedback at the meeting, will be presented to the Council at the next Church Council meeting.
Called “An Invitation from an All-Embracing Church,” here is the original statement, approved 25-4 by the Church Council on February 27, 2017:
We invite you to join us on a shared journey of life and faith, open to all, regardless of age, ability, economics, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, politics, theology or anything else that might separate us from each other. Whoever you are and whatever may have brought you here, we ask you to join us as we walk with Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and embrace the endless possibilities of love for all of God’s children: those who are here, those in our communities, and those we have not yet met, but whom God would have us seek out.
The church has added the shorter statement to the Welcome page at pvumc.org with the understanding that it may be revisited as needed to more fully reflect our vision, which encourages us to have and show a “love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.”
Coincidentally, Rethink Church, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has a new campaign featuring children who describe what it means to have “Open Hearts, Open Doors and Open Minds.” Here’s one to get us thinking about what it means to have an “Open Heart”:
Read more about PVUMC’s Mission and Vision.