Reconciling LGBT/PFLAG

Much thankfulness and gratitude to all those who participated in the 2017 Sacramento Pride Parade and Festival and EGUMC’s Pride Service and Lunch. EGMUC’s mission and core values were shared with the LGBTQ community down the parade route and at our booth inside the festival.

Working for Full Inclusion of the LGBTQ Community in Our Denomination

We celebrate the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto by the Western Jurisdiction and ask that you join us in prayer and advocacy that our denomination will be transformed by the leading of God’s spirit and fully accept the gifts and graces of our LGBTQ Family into all levels of leadership in our church. Below are links to various decisions and commentaries concerning the Judicial Council Decision about the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. Statements from the Church Council and pastor. Information about how to follow the work of A Way Forward Commission who will be making recommendations to the specially called General Conference in 2019 to address concerns related to full inclusion.

Reconciling Ministry

The Elk Grove United Methodist Church (EGUMC) believes a reconciling congregation is how God has called us to be as a church, as a ministry, and as an active member of our community. Our congregation fully embraces the concept of Christ’s all-inclusive love. Our church is a safe place in which all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons, are welcomed and supported on their personal faith journey.

EGUMC’s Reconciling Committee is a ministry working to ensure that everyone who walks through our doors is welcomed and accepted. We proclaim the message of reconciliation to those of faith and those who wish to know God. We host social and educational potlucks several times a year. We celebrate our ministry during the LGBT Pride festival and parade each year in Sacramento. We continually search for new ways to spread our message and belief that everyone holds sacred worth in Christ’s love.

EGUMC is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). RMN is a Christian and United Methodist organization. RMN mobilizes UMC members of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. For more information about RMN, go to www.rmnetwork.org.

Matthew 5:15* – “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” *The New Living Translation ©2007

Do No Harm Initiative

On behalf of the Do No Harm Initiative, I would like you to check out the links below and show your support for all God’s children.

You can show your support for an “Altar for All” at this link
http://www.rmnetwork.org/newrmn/creating-an-altar-for-all-signers/altar-for-all-congregations/

PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month from 7-9 PM in Bartholomew Hall (Elk Grove United Methodist Church)

PFLAG Vision:  We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.

PFLAG Mission:  PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

PFLAG Strategic Goals
One- Build the capacity of our organization at every level so that we may have all the resources, in the form of information, people and funding, necessary to move forward in our work with the greatest possible effect.

Two- Create a world in which our young people may grow up and be educated with freedom from fear of violence, bullying and other forms of discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation or that of their families.

Three- Make our vision and our message accessible to the broadest range of ethnic and cultural communities, ending the isolation of families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members within those communities.

Four- Work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within their chosen communities of faith.

Five- Create a society in which all LGBT persons may openly and safely pursue the career path of their choice, and may be valued and encouraged to grow to their full potential in the workplace.

Six- Create a society in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons may enjoy, in every aspect of their lives, full civil and legal equality and may participate fully in all the rights, privileges and obligations of full citizenship in this country.

We welcome the participation and support of all who share in our Vision and Mission and who hope to realize our goals.