First United Methodist Church Makes Historic Vote to Welcome LGBT Community

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    The congregation of the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Redding is excited to announce that our church council voted by unanimous consensus to become a Reconciling Church joining more than 1,000 Methodist clergy and congregations across the world. The historic vote happened at the September 23rd Church Council meeting. The Church Council is comprised of members of the congregation.

This historic and significant move says to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, and church members, that the First United Methodist Church of Redding CA welcomes persons of the LGBT community.    

 The Church Council also voted to support Methodist ministers who choose to officiate at weddings of members of the LGBT community. The Church Council is made up of those members who attend the monthly meetings and are led by a Chair and the Church Pastor. 

These issues of equality and social justice have been of long standing and will further be addressed on a world-wide basis at the Methodist Annual Conference in Portland, OR in 2016.  

Further information and discussion, please call: 530.243.2403, Pastor Rod Brayfindley.  

-from press release
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3 Responses

  1. Avatar David Wharton says:

    Congratulations FUMC Redding for your courageous leadership and for the great example you are and continue to be in our community.  And to pastor Rod who has made this a priority.

    Thank You!

    David Wharton

  2. AJ AJ says:

    When there is so much hate in the world, how can we justify wasting so much of God’s time and our creative energy condemning folks for just wanting to love one another?  God bless this welcoming congregation.

  3. Avatar Barbara Ward says:

    Bravo!!  Welcome to the body of Methodist churches who are reconciling congegations!  Wesley United Methodist Church of Concord, NH hopes, as you do, that change will be coming at General Conference in 2016.