The Wellspring UMC Church Conference met Sunday, June 4, immediately following the late service to consider a resolution for Wellspring formally to join the Reconciling Ministries Network and become a Reconciling Congregation. The resolution was approved by 82% of the 153 members present and voting. The Reconciling Ministries Network (www.RMNetwork.org) advocates for the full inclusion of persons who identify as LGBTQ in the life of the church. The resolution also calls for the creation of a revised welcoming statement that will be prominently displayed near the main entrance into the church. The welcoming statement reads as follows:
Wellspring, a United Methodist Community of Faith, is a welcoming congregation where our motto is, “All Are Welcome, All Are Accepted.” And all means all. As a caring, diverse community, we welcome into full fellowship persons of every race, gender, culture, nationality, economic circumstance, age, physical and mental ability, family and marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other category that creates an “us and them” mentality. We affirm that all persons everywhere are children of God.
The Church Conference was led by our District Superintendent, Dr. Clifton Howard. The spirit of the debate was grace-filled and affirmed that everyone (even those who think differently about the resolution itself) are welcomed into the community of faith that is Wellspring.