Reconciling Ministries Updates:
Please stay tuned for the rescheduling of the Church Conference originally scheduled for March 29.
The purpose of this Church Conference is to vote on whether The United Methodist Church of West Chester will become a Reconciling Congregation. All full members who are present will be able to vote.
If we become a Reconciling Congregation we will welcome and provide a safe place for all persons regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We will also welcome persons regardless of race, age, ability, national origin, education, class, or economic status.
We currently do welcome all persons who come to UMCWC. By becoming a Reconciling Congregation we will let people outside the church know that we do. We would become a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network.
For more information speak to Rev. Rounsley or Rev. Brooks or a member of the Reconciling Ministries Team.
Video Screening, An Act of Love, March 18 at 6:30 pm
Please join the Reconciling Ministries Team in the chapel for a video screening, An Act of Love, "a documentary about the trial that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his gay son." For more information on the film, go to https://www.anactoflovefilm.com/
Video Screening, February 9 at 10:15 am
The Reconciling Ministries Team will be screening a video by Bishop Wilke, A Plea to The United Methodist Church, on Feb. 9, at 10:15 am in the Sanctuary. Following the video we will have small group discussion. Grab your coffee and join in.
Reconciling Ministries Speaker, Nov. 24, at 10:00 am
We thank Mrs. Betsy Diemer, the Head of the Reconciling Ministry Committee at Aldersgate UMC who spoke to us about her church’s experience as they became a Reconciling Congregation.
Reconciling Ministries Letter Mailed to Congregation
The Reconciling Ministries Team hopes you have read the letter sent recently about our church's process to become a Reconciling Congregation, as well as the moving letter from retired Bishop Richard Wilke. In a letter dated August 21, 2019, Bishop Wilke, a respected retired bishop, and author of the Disciple Bible Study, addressed his journey regarding the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage and the concerns he has for The United Methodist Church. You can watch a video of Bishop Wilke on the issue here.
The United Methodist Church of West Chester strives to be a welcoming place of worship for people of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, sexual orientations and gender identities. Our church is exploring the process of becoming a Reconciling Congregation. A Reconciling Congregation shares God’s welcome to all persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
A committee has formed to explore this process. Please contact the church office if you have questions or would like to participate in this work.
For more information pick up a leaflet from the round table in the Gathering Area and visit www.rmnetwork.org.