Minnesota Reconciling Congregations

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News & Highlights

2024 Spring Social Gathering

April 13, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

In person:  Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church,  511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis

On line:       Zoom meeting (starts at 1 pm)

                   11:30    Fellowship

                   Noon    Potluck

                   1:00       Program: Conversation about General Conference 2024 with Minnesota delegation

Click here  for details.

Welcome to The Well - Rosemount

Please give a warm welcome to the newest Reconciling Ministry of the movement Minnesota's own:  The Well, Rosemount.

And the two shall become one -

Community UMC and Faith UMC

Two congregations in the metro have joined forces to become a single congregation with a passion for reconciling ministry.  Read more about their journey here.

Minnesota Reconciling Congregations Calendar

Spring Social Gathering - Apr. 13, 11:30 am - 2 pm.  Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church and on=line

Twin Cities PRIDE Festival - June 29-30

May 9, 7 pm - Regular monthly meeting - on-line

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

Event Recordings:

2023 MRC Annual Gathering program with Austen Hartke - more

Mar. 2, 2023 Intersectional Justice webinar with Rev. Dana Newhauser - more

Oct. 21, 2022 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