All Are Welcome Here!A Reconciling Congregation
Our Welcoming Statement
God’s love is for all and God’s grace is present in all creation. God’s spirit draws us into community. We are filled with genuine care and love for one another.
Honoring the diversity of our faith journeys, our welcome is extended to all – people of all races, sexes, ethnic backgrounds, generations, physical and mental abilities, economic conditions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. No matter who you are, no matter where you are in your life, you are welcome here.
We are all invited to bless this church with our love, our presence, and our participation.
Approved by the Grace UMC Administrative Board Thursday, August 25, 2016.
Grace United Methodist Church is a Reconciling Congregation
Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice. For more information on Reconciling Congregations visit the Reconciling Ministries Network.
Marriage Equality Vote Results: On March 8, 2015, we held the congregational meeting and vote regarding the marriage equality proposal. The meeting included a reading of the proposal, comments were sharing by several individuals regarding the proposal, voting and gathering of the ballots for counting, comments from Ellery Duke and several hymns were sung as we waited for the votes to be counted. The vote was announced by Mary Rae McElroy, 2015 Administrative Board Chair. Results: 202 votes were cast and of the 202, 176 were “yes” votes. The proposal passed and is now church policy. Mary Rae McElroy, administrative board chair, then closed the meeting. The entire statement is available at MarriageEqualityStatement.