Learn About LGBTQ+ Inclusion Within The UMC
On June 8, Mount Olivet's Church Council took deliberate, extended time to come to a consensus on whether Mount Olivet would become what is known as a ‘reconciling congregation.’ This was done after holding three town halls, hearing from the congregation through a survey and holding many conversations both in and outside the church walls. The motion that was approved reads:
Be it resolved that the congregation of the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, in support of our lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning brothers and sisters in Christ, adopt Recommendation #3 from the 2014 Final Report to the Church Council from the Holy Conversations Facilitation Group. The recommendation from the report is for “…the Mount Olivet community to begin the process to identify itself as a “Reconciling Congregation” and to take steps to become affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network.”
Why are we taking this action?
We are making a concerted effort to extend God’s fully inclusive love and unconditional welcome - inviting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) neighbors into a safe sanctuary in which they can worship, serve and find community
So our current neighbors, new residents, and out of town guests can find us
To build and strengthen relationships within our church families
To be a relevant, vibrant and effective family of active faith, especially in Arlington and its surrounding areas
To improve momentum in the local and national Reconciling movement
To take up the Ministry of Reconciliation
To live out our Wesleyan heritage of evangelism
To live out our global mission statement to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
To fulfill our baptismal covenant by accepting the freedom and power that God gives "to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”
To live as disciples of Christ who calls us to be light in the darkness and neighbor to all, most especially to those unjustly pushed to the margins.
What are the next steps? In addition to Mount Olivet's statement of welcome and inclusivity that is on our website, we will provide a photo of Mount Olivet to be posted on the RMN website. This will be taken at all worship services on Sunday, June 16. While our denomination has taken steps to become less hospitable toward our LGBTQ population, by joining RMN, our congregation is expressing our displeasure with these denominational decisions and will do all we can to support becoming a reconciling denomination.
The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church ruled that while some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the plan is valid as church law. The Virginia Conference has created a PowerPoint presentation with explanatory notes that goes into some depth about the decisions.
Wednesday, April 10 at 6:45 PM
You can learn more about The Reconciling Ministries Network here.
Sunday, March 17
Wednesday, March 13
Herndon United Methodist Church
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 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.