A Way Forward

Learn About LGBTQ+ Inclusion Within The UMC

Becoming A Reconciling Congregation

At its recent meeting on March 16, Mount Olivet's Church Council received a motion to act on the final recommendations of the 2014 Holy Conversations Task Force- to become an official reconciling congregation. Council will work toward consensus on this motion at its June 8 meeting.

In preparation, the congregation is invited to take part in three town hall sessions:

Wednesday, April 24 | 6:45 - 8:15 PM | Fellowship Hall

An opportunity for the Mount Olivet community to speak on the motion.

*Childcare upon request

Sunday, May 19 | 9:40-10:40 AM | Sanctuary

An opportunity for the Mount Olivet community to speak to the motion. In addition, we will hold a congregation-wide poll to serve as a resource to Church Council as they prepare to decide by consensus on June 8.

Town Hall Childcare Request Form

Town Hall Meeting Part One

Wednesday, April 10 at 6:45 PM

You can learn more about The Reconciling Ministries Network here.

GC Special Session Recap with Pastor Teer

Sunday, March 17

What Just Happened

Wednesday, March 13

Herndon United Methodist Church

A Letter From Your Pastors

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dear Mount Olivet Community,

Yesterday (February 26, 2019), the Special General Conference addressing the inclusion of LGBTQ persons into the full life of The United Methodist Church, concluded in St. Louis, MO. The only petition to pass is known as the Traditional Plan. It maintains our current language on the ordination of LGBTQ persons and same-gender marriages in The United Methodist Church. Plus, it increases accountability by streamlining the processes to enforce penalties for violations of The Book of Discipline related to marriage and ordination of LGBTQ persons.

We had hoped for a more inclusive decision and are disappointed for several reasons:

  • We believe the UMC is missing out on the many gifts and graces that ordained LGBTQ persons would bring to the Church. Our congregation is richer because of these gifts and graces among our LGBTQ laity.
  • It does not reflect who Mount Olivet is as reflected in our inclusivity statement
  • It perpetuates the pain, grief and feelings of unworthiness that a select group of people has been experiencing for some time
  • It also pains us that we can choose to officiate marriages for all members of Mount Olivet except for one group

We want to assure you that Mount Olivet United Methodist Church remains committed to loving God and loving neighbor with our whole selves – heart, mind, soul, and strength. We believe that all persons are of sacred worth and dignity as part of God’s creation, as demonstrated by the ministry of Jesus Christ. We therefore welcome all persons into the life and ministry of our congregation regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or socioeconomic status, education, politics, physical or mental ability or health, or faith history.

Now is a time of discernment and prayer as we consider what this means for our denomination and Mount Olivet.

Finally, let us hold one another in prayer after a week that has reinforced the pain that many persons have been feeling for some time. As we can be helpful, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Pastor Ed

Pastor Teer

Pastor Jeff

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