Statement of Inclusion

YOU ARE LOVED!
YOU CAN LOVE!
YOU ARE LOVEABLE!

Port Edwards UMC strives to be a fully inclusive (pro-LGBTQIA+) community of faith.
We strive not only to include, but to affirm God’s diversity
of gender identity and sexual orientation.

A HOME FOR ALL GOD'S PEOPLE

A SAFE & BRAVE SPACE

[the following statement was adopted by unanimous vote
of both PEUMC’s Vision Team (1/17/22) and Church Council (1/23/22)]

We, the People of Port Edwards United Methodist Church, believe . . .

  • . . . we are all created in the image of God (Imago Dei) our Creator, and all people are of sacred worth.
  • . . . that the Spirit of the living God is encountered in the reading and studying of both testaments in the Holy Bible.  We honor, and benefit greatly from, the academic study of Scripture and find it essential to the task of discerning eternal truth apart from cultural or contextual bias.
  • . . . that the Holy Bible’s overarching message is to witness God’s ever-expanding love, and wherever there is found any prejudice, discrimination, or animosity in the biblical Story, we believe the Story always ends with the Spirit moving God’s people toward openness, inclusion, acceptance, and affirmation.
  • . . . in the Wesleyan Way of Salvation: that salvation is sought in our daily faith journey as we engage in both acts of piety (devotion & worship) and acts of mercy (compassion & justice) on a regular basis.  We are all somewhere on this lifelong journey of salvation, even as we all fall short of the glory of God.
  • . . . in the diversity of the whole human family with all of its cultures, nationalities, languages, and sexual identities.  We are made better when we celebrate this diversity.  This reflects God’s agape (unconditional) love toward us.
  • . . . that God calls and gifts LGBTQIA+ persons for ministry just as God does other people, and we are committed to the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons in the church today.
  • . . . that church should be a safe and brave home for all of God’s people: a place where all are welcomed, accepted, included, and affirmed.  No one shall be denied inclusion in our community of faith, including membership and positions of leadership, on the basis of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, physical ability, or socioeconomic status.  We continue to understand church membership as a profession of the basic Christian faith as articulated in our tradition.
  • . . . in the transformative power of relationships bound in mutual respect and openness to the diversity present.  We understand that we grow spiritually when challenged by different opinions held with love.
  • . . . our efforts to becoming fully inclusive of all people are fundamental to our divine mission of being, and making, disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and the world.

We recognize that we can only ever be reconciling, not reconciled,
and with great humility, deny any notion that we have achieved
the status of full-inclusivity.  It is forever a state of becoming.

While we celebrate the God-given diversity of humanity,
and value people along the spiritual, political, and social spectrums, 

in order to provide a safe and brave space,
particularly for those who have historically been voiceless and invisible, we do ask for unity of our members and guests in this endeavor.
This is the first and most foundational step of being fully-inclusive.