A Vision for The United Methodist Church
(From the Love Your Neighbor Coalition)
(click on links to explore the deeper meanings of each of our beliefs)
WE ARE United Methodists committed to the embodiment of God's love and justice within and through the people and mission of The United Methodist Church. The core of our faith is found in Jesus’ response to the question “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” – we are to “love God with all our heart, soul (being) and mind” and to “love neighbor as self”(Matthew 22:36-40). These hold ancient law, the prophets and the Gospel message together with our contemporary Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions. To this end, OUR MISSION is to assure The United Methodist Church is fully open to the presence, love and grace of God offered to all the world.
Just as we are all interconnected and interdependent in the complexity of our relationships with God, humanity and all of creation, we recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the ways all of the following concerns and hopes for our church are connected, interdependent and intersectional:
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to remember John Wesley’s call to personal and social holiness and to
embrace connectionalism in ways that lead to transformation of the Church and world.
WE BELIEVE in a church that is inclusive and open to all people; and the Holy Spirit demands the full inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people in the life and ministry of The United Methodist Church.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to remove all discriminatory language in the Book of Discipline that is doing
harm to faithful lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons.
WE BELIEVE in a church that passionately works for racial justice.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to work for racial justice and resist exploitive systems that teach racial, ethnic,
and/or tribal superiority and inferiority.
WE BELIEVE in a church that yearns to be global and connectional in nature.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to repent from our history of colonialism and racism, and adopt a
denominational structure reflecting this repentance, while celebrating the giftedness that indigenous peoples
share in the life of church and society, when welcomed as equal partners.
WE BELIEVE in a church that pursues peacemaking over war and stewardship over ecological degradation.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to divest from activities that support war, occupation, and the destruction
of God’s creation.
WE BELIEVE in a church that opens its buildings and systems to people with disabilities, welcomes those with physical, mental, and psychological challenges, and works to incorporate every person as they are, with their gifts and challenges.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to develop and implement a plan for accessibility at all levels of the Church,
including a unified approach from the Boards of Ordained Ministry when it comes to questioning candidates with
disabilities, along with a comprehensive plan to ensure equal access and fairness when dealing with a long-term
disability, or emerging physical or mental challenge.
WE BELIEVE in a church that embraces the fullness of life and dignity in death.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to support policies leading to comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically-
accurate and culturally-competent sexuality and parenting education; universal access to contraception and
compassionate abortion care; healthy and safe environments for children; expanded access to adoption and
alternative methods of pregnancy; and systems of justice that support protections for care of the elderly and
that abolish the taking of life as a punitive measure for crimes.
WE BELIEVE in a church that ensures the peaceful pursuit of self-determination and religious expression.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to reject attempts at merging religious beliefs with nationalism or subjugating
one belief system or cultural group to another, but instead, with respect and integrity, to share with persons of
other faiths the truth that has come to us through Jesus Christ, as we listen for the truths we can learn from
WE BELIEVE in a church that strives for economic justice.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to advocate economic policies that reflect love of neighbor by ensuring such
basic needs as food, clothing, shelter, quality education, health care, a clean environment and a living wage in a
workplace open to collective bargaining and free from violence and coercion.
WE BELIEVE in a church that welcomes and seeks justice for the stranger.
Therefore WE CALL OUR CHURCH to stand against injustices of poverty, war, and violence which often create
refugee and migrant communities and to advocate for just and compassionate immigration policies in those
places where refugees and immigrants have sought to make their homes.
Because of these, OUR BELIEFS, WE CALL ON OURSELVES AND OUR CHURCH to advocate for faithful, systemic and intersectional solutions to our human struggles, so that we might fully welcome the stranger and thereby love God, others and self, as Jesus asks of us; living lives that are shaped according to the good news of Jesus Christ and as faithful disciples and stewards of all of our relationships with God and God’s creation.