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ARC - United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy

ARC--United

Toward An Inclusive Church

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

We affirm the statement on the “Inclusiveness of the Church” in The Constitution of

The United Methodist Church (Part I, Division One, Article IV), and we declare:

  1. Our unwavering support of our duly nominated, elected, consecrated, and assigned Bishop Karen Oliveto, and a call to others in the church to stop their harassment and abuse of our spiritual episcopal leader. 

  2. Our commitment to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ laity, clergy, and candidates for ministry, speaking and working to ensure the dignity and safety of all persons in church and society.

  3. Our hope that the unity of the church will be attained, but not at the price of sacrificing God’s inclusive love in Jesus Christ for all people. 

  4. Our prayer is that the 2020 General Conference will respond to the Holy Spirit by developing a new church polity that will truly create the inclusive church envisioned in United Methodism’s Constitution. 

   Organizational Meeting - Charter Members - May 8,2017

University Park United Methodist Church, Denver, CO

Photo by Bill Moore

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream."

Amos 5:24

 

"The commandment we have from him is this:  those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also."

I John 4:21

 

"Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?  

May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?"

John Wesley