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Faith UMC to consider 'Altar For All' status

When Faith UMC became a Reconciling Congregation in March 2011, legal marriage for gay and lesbian couples was not an option. Same-sex marriages or blessing ceremonies were not considered.

But shortly after Faith chose to become a Reconciling Congregation, some UMC clergy began to publicly state that they would no longer discriminate in their ministries by denying full rights and opportunities to LGBT persons. This included officiating same-sex marriage or blessing ceremonies and holding them in churches. Rev. Bruce Robbins was a leader in what became known as “Altar for All.”

This past spring, the Faith Outreach Committee began to discuss whether Faith should become an “Altar for All” congregation. The committee felt it was important for the church to consider this, and the Administrative  Council supports this process. This fall, we will study “Altar for All,” and the congregation will vote on it at the 2018 Charge Conference.

We have a number of opportunities planned to learn about this:

October 8 , 9 a.m.:  Rev. Bruce Robbins (retired) will hold an informal conversation about “Altar for All” during the Faith Forum and will provide the message on this topic in the worship service.

October 15 and 22, 9 .m.: Judy Jerde and Rev. John McCabe (retired) will provide more detailed information about “Altar for All” during Faith Forum.

November 7, 1-2:30 p.m. Ebenezer Room – repeat of the Faith Forum presentation.

November 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Ebenezer Room – repeat of the Faith Forum presentation.

Prior to the Charge Conference, Pastors Diane and Susan will have a dialogue sermon on this topic.

The Outreach Committee encourages all to participate in the opportunities to learn about “Altar for All.” If you have questions, please talk to Kay Kramer, chair of the outreach committee; Judy Jerde or John McCabe, Outreach members; or Pastors Diane Christianson or Susan Mullin.