All people welcome at Redmond United Methodist Church | Letter

All people welcome at RUMC

On Feb. 26, the legislative body of the worldwide United Methodist Church voted to retain legislation that harms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual and asexual people. The policy intensified standards and punishments for bishops who ordain and appoint gay clergy and for clergy who perform marriages for same-sex couples.

While the policy is currently being challenged for its constitutionality, our hearts are broken by a decision that does not include full inclusion.

To the LGBTQIA community of Redmond, we know our denomination’s debate, deliberations and decisions have caused you pain and we know this has not been the first time. For this harm, we are truly sorry.

We see you. We love you. And we share your pain.

We also do not agree, nor will our conscience allow us to follow our denominational policy. The Redmond United Methodist Church is a reconciling congregation and has made a commitment to work for full inclusion and justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We will continue to create an expression of church that affirms LGBTQIA persons and recognizes them as members and leaders.

We welcome all God’s people.


Pastor Lara Bolger and Council Chair Keven Smith

Redmond United Methodist Church

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