La Tijera United Methodist Church embraces Jesus' message that God loves and accepts every person. We practice acceptance, belonging, caring, compassion, and spiritual growth. We believe in creating space at the Table for all God's children to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ's inclusive love.
We respect the inherent and valuable contributions each member makes to the Body of Christ. We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, age, ethnicity, physical or mental capacity, education, or economic or marital status.
As we journey towards reconciliation, we proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination within the church. We welcome all persons to full participation in the life and ministries of La Tijera United Methodist Church.
At the same time, we recognize that there remain differences of opinion among us. We do not seek to erase our differences. We welcome all in our journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect. As a Reconciling congregation, we invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.
As this is from God, who reconciled us . . . through Christ, and who gives us the ministry of reconciliation. II Corinthians 5:18
What is a Reconciling Congregation?
A Reconciling Congregation is a United Methodist local church that makes a public statement welcoming all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to participate fully in its congregational life. In addition to local churches, many campus ministries, annual conferences and other United Methodist groups have adopted "reconciling" statements.
We are United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
Many local church and Christian leaders are public about their anti-gay actions and statements. So Reconciling Congregations must be public about their desire to be in ministry with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons.
Remember Jesus' statement about hiding your light under a bushel (Matthew 5:15). Rather than a decision to be kept quiet, the decision to become a Reconciling Congregation is an event to celebrate.*
* From the Reconciling Ministries Network, Resource Paper #5
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