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Faith UMC becomes an Altar for All congregation

The congregation of Faith UMC has voted overwhelmingly to become an Altar for All church and thereby commit to marriage equality for same-gender and transgender couples. The congregation made the decision at is all-church meeting on February 11.

As a result of the vote, Faith UMC is committed to the use of its church for the wedding of any prepared couple who seek to commit their lives to one another in marriage.

Faith took the first step toward this commitment to marriage equality in March 2011, when it voted to become a Reconciling Congregation and welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their familities into the full participation in the life and ministries of the church.

Below is the text of the resolution approved at this year's all-church meeting to jon the Altar for All movement and comit to marriage equality.

Commitment to Marriage Equality

As a church in the Methodist tradition since 1892, the ministries of Faith United Methodist Church are grounded in the call of Jesus to love both God and neighbor. We ackowledge that we have often failed to extend the radical hospitality that God asks of us, even as we continually strive to do so.

In March 2011 -- seeking to open our hearts, minds and doors -- we publicly welcomed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families into full participation in the life and ministries of the congregation by claiming our identity as a Reconciling Congregation. We continue to do this today.

We recognize that when two people come together to form a primary commited relationship, they often ask the church to perform the wedding and bless their union. With due consideration, the church responds by celebrating, in the presence of their families and friends, the work of God's Spirit in their lives.

We rejoice that at this point in the history of our state and nation, the arc of justice now bends toward equal recognition of marriage for all couples.

We lament that in our time, many religious institutions, including the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, still deny same-gender and transgender couples equal access to marriage and all the blessings, rights and responsibilities thereof.

Today we, as a congregation, affirm that God's grace is open to all, and we witness to that grace through our commitment to justice and equality in our congregation, the state of Minnesota, the United Methdist Church and the world. We will honor and celebrate the wedding of any prepared couple who seek to commit their lives to one another in marriage.

Apprived by Faith United Methodist Church congregational vote.