Our New Year’s Covenant Prayer: An Inclusive Church
Since John Wesley started Watch Night Services in 1740 on New Year’s Eve, Methodists yearly re-dedicate themselves to God’s work. For us our Covenant Prayer emphasizes inclusiveness, overcoming racism and homophobia,
In African American churches in the U.S., Watch Night services took on a new meaning in 1862 because the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves issued by Abraham Lincoln was set to go into effect on January 1, 1863. Reportedly slaves gathered in churches on New Year’s Eve, awaiting the midnight proclamation of their freedom. In 2021 we reaffirm Black Lives Matter.
With John Wesley, we pray “I am no longer my own, but thine; Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing . . . .” We intend to work for dismantling racism and standing in solidarity with LGBTQ laity, clergy, and candidates for ministry. We express our unwavering support of Bishop Karen Oliveto and will not rest until United Methodism truly expresses God’s inclusive love in Jesus Christ. We believe in a God who proclaims, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)
Steering Committee Members (Photos Left to Right):
Don Messer - Chair, Harvey Martz - Vice Chair
John Blinn - Treasurer
Dave Ferguson, Chris Ferguson, Linda Gertenbach,
Youngsook Kang, Marla Kauerz, Kay Palmer-Marsh,
Liwliwa Robledo, Ben Roe, Julian Rush,
Annie Arnoldy - Advisor
Thank you to this year's Inclusiveness Conference Sponsors.
Click to Access Various Videos from the Conference Listed Below.
Retired Clergy Urged to Perform Same - Sex Weddings
"Let's Talk: LGBTQ+ Weddings" webinar from July 15th, 2020
Laity and clergy participated in an online forum to explore how pastors and local church members might prepare for same-gender weddings in their sanctuary. Questions of liturgy, pre-marital counseling, use of language, communication, etc., were discussed. This webinar was sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends and the Mountain Sky Queer Clergy Caucus.
Speakers for this Webinar included two leading Mountain Sky Area United Methodist clergy, Rev. Sharon Langfeldt and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer. Our speakers were also joined by Rev. Dr. Donald E Messer, Moderator, and a panel of key leaders.
UMARC members are joining retired clergy across the denomination in offering their services to perform same-sex weddings. Click HERE to add your name to the growing movement to reduce harm and move the church to inclusiveness.
UMARC Chair, Dr. Donald E. Messer, is a member of the national Resist Harm committee encouraging prophetic witness and pastoral service, in contrast to the traditionalist polity. Retired pastors risk complaints and trials, but severe penalties can be administered to active faithful pastors living in areas where bishops are intent on enforcing the Discipline no matter how punitive and exclusive.
Invite Your Church To Study "The Bible, Inclusiveness & Human Sexuality"
Education must accompany legislation, if The United Methodist Church truly is to become an inclusive community of faith. General church policies may soon change at General Conference 2021, but the key remains the transformation of hearts and minds of church members. Bishop Karen Oliveto contends that the local church is the new frontier and recommends a new DVD series called "Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality, and the United Methodist Church." This new Bible study enables local churches to explore over six weeks what the Bible says about homosexuality.
UMARC has provided eight free copies to be shared throughout the Mountain Sky Area. These are available through your CRM (Congregation Resource Minister), Click HERE for listing and address. For more information about the series, CLICK HERE
Submitted GC2021 legislation now available online
The Advance Daily Christian Advocate, which contains the agenda, delegate listings and already submitted legislation for the 2021 General Conference, is now out. Delegates should be receiving print copies in the mail. People also can download the material in English, French, Portuguese and Kiswahili at the link.
See Advance Daily Christian Advocate