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Pastoral Statements

From time to time, the five appointed clergy of Manchester UMC issue pastoral statements that contain their collective thoughts on important and timely matters relevant to the congregation and community. You can view those statements below. Please feel free to reach out to the pastors if you’d like to discuss any of the topics addressed.

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Politics & the Church
November 17, 2021

We, the appointed clergy of Manchester United Methodist Church, implore all eligible persons to be united as a church even when we disagree about current topics. Learn More

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COVID-19 Vaccinations
August 4, 2021

We, the appointed clergy of Manchester United Methodist Church, implore all eligible persons to become fully-vaccinated against Covid-19 now! We believe that getting vaccinated is more than good healthcare, it’s an act of love for all God’s people.

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Race & Education
May 24, 2021

We, the undersigned staff members of Manchester United Methodist Church, express our support of truthful education regarding the history of race and racism in our nation and around the world. In order to avoid repeating the atrocities of the past, we must be honest about how racial injustice has impacted the lives of so many for so long. Learn More

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Black Lives Matter
June 7, 2020

We, the appointed clergy of Manchester United Methodist Church, mourn the tragic killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless other persons of color who, for generations, have been victimized by violence and injustice. Learn More

Inclusion
January 14, 2020

We, the undersigned appointed clergy of Manchester United Methodist Church, are committed to remaining in the United Methodist Church as it becomes a fully inclusive, affirming denomination. Learn More


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Romans 5:6-8. We all wonder how we got to the places we inhabit. Sometimes we muddle along and find ourselves in a place of great blessing. We receive more than we’ve given. But the opposite is also true: Sometimes we do our due diligence, but everything turns to mud. Problems

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A Dream of Manchester UMC

The night before my first Monday as part of the staff of Manchester UMC, I had a dream. I dreamed I was packing a large suitcase. Evidently, I was traveling to some spot where I was to address a large group of people on a topic dealing with spiritual life. But I was having

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This Moment To Arise

Psalm 37:1-6. The transfiguration event revealed the identity of Jesus in a flash of light. The disciples witnessed it, but had to go back down the mountain into the darkness of the world around them. Even though we are broken and flawed, God’s “limitless, undying love” shines all around us

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