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Reconciling United Methodists are agents of change!

RMN mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. Since 1984, Reconciling Ministries Network has offered Gospel hospitality and affirmed our baptismal promises which include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons as fully part of our church family. A widely quoted phrase in the UMC Book of Discipline calls the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual persons, “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Reconciling congregations, communities, campus ministries and individuals join together to challenge any practice of our church which discriminates against LGBT persons and their families.

Guiding Principles: • Spiritually Grounded • Reconciliation • Overcoming Oppression • Integrating Sexuality with Spirituality • Relationships • Systems Change • Stewardship • Organizational Authenticity

All this is from God who has reconciled us to God through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18

Strategic Directions 1. Increase the capacity of Reconciling Communities and Reconciling United Methodists. 2. Model God’s diverse creation through leadership development with emphasis upon LGBT persons, young adults, and people of color. 3. Build relationships with Central Conference clergy and laity, identifying both unique needs and common causes. 4. Participate in the connectional processes of The United Methodist Church by calling for faithfulness to our shared mission. 5. Deepen collaboration with allied organizations to work for the end of all oppression within the Church and world. 6. Enhance RMN’s long-term success by emphasizing organizational excellence and sustainability.

RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK

Reconciling Ministries Clergy (RMC)
RMC is comprised of persons called to ordained or pastoral ministry within The United Methodist Church who summon the church to a deeper level of spiritual and theological integrity in relationship to persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities and their full inclusion in all aspects of the church’s life. We believe, at this critical junction in our common history as United Methodists, that God has called us to speak a clear word of love and inclusion concerning human sexuality. Contact: clergy@rmnetwork.org

PRN is a coast-to-coast network of United Methodists who love and accept our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. We are working toward a church that truly welcomes our offspring as full participants. As PRN, we: • Establish support and discussion groups for parents of LGBT persons to pray together • Offer resources that are accurate and faith based for study • Create a network for national communications using websites, newsletters and RMN • Insist that our denomination establish policies of welcome and equality in both membership and ministry for all God’s children. Contact: parents@rmnetwork.org

The Parents Reconciling Network (PRN)

We stand prophetically as a people of color movement in the church, calling the denomination to embrace the multicultural realities of our society and our world. • We seek to create and support all communities that advocate for the dignity and sacred worth of all of God’s creation. • We are dedicated to bridging the movements to eradicate all forms of oppression and discrimination in the church. • We work to build a church that is anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-heterosexist, and anti-colonialist. Contact: umoc@rmnetwork.org

United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC)

MOSAIC

We are young adults and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allies. We affirm all sexual orientations and gender identities as gifts of God and work for the church’s full inclusion of all persons. We are committed to: • Strengthening relationships through providing opportunities for community and reconciliation • Providing resources to assist United Methodist ministries as they work towards full inclusion • Advocating for the full participation of all LGBT persons within the life and leadership of the United Methodist Church Contact: mosaic@rmnetwork.org

The Transgender Extension Ministry (TEM) challenges the United Methodist Church to live into its visionary policy of being a church free from gender discrimination at every level, equipping and empowering people to transform our church and society into places that celebrate gender diversity. Embracing the God-given reality that from our genesis we are created in God’s image, male and female, TEM understands gender diversity as a divine gift. Accordingly, we particularly welcome, support, and advocate for those who are transgender, gender variant, and otherwise transcend binary gender expectations. Contact: transministry@rmnetwork.org

Transgender Extension Ministy

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