At the 2019 Minnesota Annual Conference Session, we adopted a vision that names a commitment to the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in the life of the church. On this page, you can find stories of how United Methodist Churches across Minnesota are living into our inclusive vision.
Rev. Brenda King recently got a call from a woman who had grown up attending Kabetogama UMC in the summers but hadn't been part of the church for many years. She said that her twin boys were born earlier this year and wondered if King would baptize them the following Sunday. The woman hesitantly explained that she and her wife were a same-sex couple, and King assured her that they would both be welcome. “It was just an automatic yes for me,” King said. The congregation was thrilled about the baptisms and embraced the family with open arms. No one who regularly attends the church could remember the last time the aging congregation had even had one baptism, so the opportunity to have two in a single day was particularly meaningful and memorable. Being accepting and welcoming of everyone is part of the congregation’s DNA, said King, and this is the latest example of how members are living out their commitment to be inclusive of all.
How is your congregation living into the inclusive vision we adopted at Annual Conference in June? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-230-6132 so we can celebrate and share your story.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church