What does it mean to affiliate with RMN? As an individual: Reconciling Individuals are the backbone of the movement. These individuals acknowledge their support of the vision of RMN and commit to supporting the organization in whatever ways they can. You can sign up as a Reconciling Individual here.
As a congregation, community, or campus ministry: Reconciling congregations, communities, and campus ministries (Reconciling ministries) who affiliate with RMN embrace RMN’s commitment to achieving LGBTQ+ justice and full inclusion in the life and leadership of The United Methodist Church, both in policy and in practice. Reconciling ministries are required to affirm this foundational statement by a vote of at least 75%.
Reconciling Ministries engage in the ministry of Reconciliation in two ways: 1. Outreach, affirmation, and intersectional ministry with and for LGBTQ+ persons in the local setting. 2. Creating opportunities to engage in dialogue, build relationships, and advocate for changes to Church policies related to ordination equality, marriage equality, and the availability of funds that help make LGBTQ+ justice a reality.
Types of Reconciling Ministries
Reconciling Church: an entire congregation that votes to affiliate with RMN
Reconciling Community: a group such as a Sunday school class, youth group, UMW circle, music ministry, camping ministry, seminary, college, etc. The group votes and is making the decision only for the group, not beyond. They do not speak on behalf of their local church and do not need permission from the pastor and/or church to form.
Regional Reconciling Community: a group of individual Reconciling United Methodists (RUMs), often members of many different United Methodist Churches in a district or region, who establish a Regional Reconciling Community unattached to a local church. They often meet at a location considered to be the geographical center of their area or rotate their meetings among UMCs who offer meeting space.
Reconciling Campus Ministry: a campus ministry vote typically includes student members and leaders, staff, and the ministry board. It is up to each campus ministry to determine who should vote, but the general rule is the more people involved the better.
First Steps to Form a New Reconciling Church, Community, Regional Community, or Campus Ministry
1. Email our regional organizer, Laura Young, and include your name, the name of your church and city, and the name of the interested church or group. 2. Laura will respond with resources for next steps, tips and best practices, or the offer to schedule a Zoom meeting with your group.
Read more about the process to become a Reconciling Ministry here.