Tag: LGBTQ+

General Conference Update

Image: Mike DuBose / United Methodist News Service (UMNS) It’s only been a little over two months since the 2019 General Conference ended. However, it seems so much longer because so many things have happened. You will recall that the Traditionalist Plan, that kept the restrictive language regarding homosexuality and the church, while adding penalties…
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An LGBTQ+ clergy addresses the General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

General Conference Postscript

Last week, in light of the General Conference’s action to endorse the Traditional Plan, I wrote a pastoral letter sharing my reflections. If you’ve not had a chance to read it, you can find it online. Here are some general thoughts since then. The United Methodist News Service posted an article that summarizes the actions…
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General Conference Prayer Time

From past eBlasts, you’ve heard of the special session of our worldwide denomination’s General Conference. It will be held in St. Louis in the America’s Center, February 23-26. Its purpose is to decide United Methodism’s stance on human sexuality. To gain more information and to keep you up to date, here are a couple of…
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LGBTQ Update

I want to keep you up to date regarding LGBTQ and the General Conference that will meet in February, here in St. Louis. It will decide the United Methodist Church’s stance on human sexuality. The very best way to do this is to point you to the website of the Missouri Annual Conference. This provides…
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LGBTQ Reconciling Ministry

Reconciling Ministries Team, A Reconciling Community This is a team of laity and clergy who plan and implement Manchester UMC church programs focused on strengthening our welcome and inclusion of all people, especially those in the Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/                                     …
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Social Justice

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT) United Methodists have a rich history and concern for social justice. Inspired by Jesus’ ministry to the poor and marginalized, we continue the…
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Portrait of Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk, Social Justice Coordinator

Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk

Social Justice Coordinator I serve as Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Coordinator. I received my Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard University. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson, MO. I have been involved in ecumenical work and activism for over ten…
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