Reconciling Congregation FAQs
For more than 175 years, Community United Methodist Church has been a welcoming presence in downtown Naperville, a place where people from all walks of life can experience Christ’s love in action.
In 2006, we formally expanded our welcoming statement:
As a congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors, we fervently live into the words of John Wesley: “If thou lovest God and all humankind, I ask no more; give me thine hand.”
Our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability.”
But does that welcome statement fully describe the Community UMC of today? Or, like the people of Community, is it continuously expanding and evolving?
In the summer of 2014, a Core Team formed to lead an exploration of what it would mean for CUMC to formally identify itself as a Reconciling Congregation – one fully welcoming of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons. It was a lay initiative, supported by our pastors, in the context of providing ministry to all beloved children of God. In May 2016, we formally voted to become a Reconciling Congregation!
This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page helps answer questions you might still have.
If you have other questions not answered here or would like to talk to someone privately, feel free to talk to any of us individually (contact information is in your church directory) or by sending an email to LGBTQ@onecumc.net.
Your team: Carol Craig, Alexander Dungan, Carl Gilmore, June Green (chair), Mary Catherine Long, Nancy Schroeder, Susan Keaton, Clyde Uebele, Tyler Ward (now a seminary student in Atlanta), Jennifer Weddle, Nancy Whittington, Mary Wu and Amanda Zigterman.