Minnesota Reconciling Congregations

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Minnesota Reconciling Congregations @ TC Pride

Members of Minnesota Reconciling Congregations return to the Twin Cities Pride Festival and March June 24-25.  Stop by our booth for  information on Reconciling United Methodist Congregations around the state and your rainbow peace medallion.  Interested in helping with the booth or participating in the March? Check here

Understanding the Impact of Homophobia, Transphobia, and Heterosexism within the UMC

On Friday, November 5 at the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference, delegates gathered for a time of storytelling, listening, and learning on the impact of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism on individuals within The United Methodist Church. Learn more and listen to the three people who shared their stories here

Living into being a Reconciling Congregation

Faith UMC in St. Anthony supports RECLAIM! an organization that provides mental health services to queer and trans youth, young adults and their families.  In addition to therapy, RECLAIM! trains mental health professionals, provides community trainings, education and outreach to change the overall access to care for queer and trans youth.  Support of RECLAIM! has been an important outreach activity for over ten years.  Faith provides support through an annual spring plant sale, attending RECLAIM’s! annual Celebrate the Love fundraiser, individuals who provide financial support and volunteer with RECLAIM!.  For more information about RECLAIM! check out their website https://www.reclaim.care

Minnesota Reconciling Congregations Calendar

MRC regular meeting - May 11, 7 pm, Zoom

MRC at Minnesota Annual Conference - May 31 - June 1

MRC at Twin Cities Pride - June 24-25

To receive email notices of monthly meetings, contact minnesotareconciling@gmail.com

Event Recordings:

Apr. 29 MRC Annual Gathering program with Austen Hartke - more

Mar. 2 Intersectional Justice webinar with Rev. Dana Newhauser - more

Oct. 21  update with Rev. Dr. Izzy Alvaran and Dave Nuckols

Inclusive Methodists....building a new Church

Reconciling United Methodist Congregations are:

A NATIONAL NETWORK of churches, groups and individuals which support each other in carrying out their Christian ministry of witness and outreach.

PROCLAIMING AND LIVING OUT the simple, powerful message of hospitality and love revealed by Jesus Christ.

DIVERSE COMMUNITIES which are large and small; urban, suburban, rural; young and old; many races and cultures.

This growing, grass roots movement is transforming the lives of countless individuals and communities.

Since 1984, the Reconciling Congregation movement has grown to more than 861 Reconciling Congregations, Campus Ministries and Annual Conferences. It also encompasses over 34,000 Reconciling United Methodists who publicly witness to “open the doors” of the church to the participation of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

JOIN US in this vital Christian movement that seeks to fulfill the Biblical teaching that we are to LOVE God and our neighbor as ourselves and to do JUSTICE.

After being postponed due to continuing COVID-19 disruption,  the next United Methodist Church's General Conference is now scheduled for 2024.

Countdown until the next General Conference
UMC General Conference 2024

After more than 40 years of ongoing debate at each of the General Conference meetings of the UMC,  once again in 2019 at a Special Session of the General Conference the denomination failed to remove the harmful language and restrictions with respect to LGBTQ persons and instead passed more restrictive legislation.   So our work continues to warm hearts and open minds.

We stand ready to assist local churches to determine if they want to join us as advocates for change within the institution and become Reconciling Congregations.

We will reach out in mission to members of the LGBTQ community to welcome them to our churches and to affirm them as children of God.

Counting Down the Days Until the 2024 General Conference! 

Get Involved to Resist Harm

Join the Resist Harm Movement!

Many advocacy groups within the UMC have joined together form Resist Harm.

The Resist Harm Movement stands firmly within our Wesleyan tradition of the wideness of God’s grace in a broken world in need of Christ’s love. In light of the Traditional Plan passed by the Special General Conference 2019, we cannot remain silent and thereby complicit with legislation that discriminates against LGBTQ persons and that meets pastoral care with punishment.  Unfortunately the scheduled 2020 General Conference had to be postponed due to the need limit exposure to the Covid 19 virus, so the harm continues.

In a spirit of humility and in a wounded Church of differing convictions, we the people of the Resist Harm movement are compelled to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves and especially as it relates to LGBTQ persons who are the target of the Traditional Plan and other discriminatory provisions in The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline.

Find out how to support this movement at www.resistharm.com

Minnesota Reconciling Congregations

 Caring, Inclusive and Spirit Filled!

There is a  church home in Minnesota ready to help with  your faith journey.

Here, you'll find 33 reconciling congregations, including 2 campus based communities.

Whether in  the metro or in greater Minnesota, there is a place for you.

Directory of the Minnesota Reconciling Churches

See the list

Celebrating Minnesota’s Reconciling Connections

Minnesota has a long history with the Reconciling Ministries Network of the United Methodist Church.  Wesley UMC in Minneapolis became the first MN Reconciling Congregation early in 1987.   We now have 33 active Reconciling Congregations.  This is something to celebrate!   More

Living into Being Reconciling

Pride Parade

Twin Cities Pride is one of the largest Pride Celebrations in the United States.  It  represents a phenomenal outreach opportunity by our Minnesota Reconciling Congregations to show their support for the LGBTQ community.

With a festival booth in Loring Park and our parade unit, we share God's love for all.

Learn More

Festival Booth

Advocating for Change

Our Core Positions

We seek the removal of all hurtful language in the UMC Book of Discipline that is directed at homosexuals and the LGBTQ community.

In a call for Biblical Obedience, we support an Altar for All to allow UMC Clergy to perform marriages to any prepared couple.

We support the ordination and service of LGBTQ individuals who are called to ministry within the UMC.

Helping Churches Become Reconciling

Customized Support and Resources

The Reconciling Ministries Network and the Minnesota Reconciling Congregations provide support and materials that you need to help your Church become a Reconciling Congregation.

Learn More

Reconciling Process Resources - September 2022

Jurisdictional and RMN Update  - October 2022

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We need a representative to represent your local Church in this group at our meetings.

To receive email notices of monthly meetings, contact minnesotareconciling@gmail.com

Location:         Virtual meetings via Zoom

When:              The second Thursday of the month at 7 pm

Meeting Months:   January, March, May, July, September, and November