We, The Administrative Council of First United Methodist Church Golden, declare that no one will be denied the services of our church because of sexual orientation. This includes the use of our property for same-sex marriages and holy unions.
This action is in accordance with the United Methodist Book of Discipline which states, “inclusiveness denies every semblance of discrimination” (¶140)
“We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God” (¶161g).
“All persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status or sexual orientation are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured and be protected against violence” (¶161g).
“We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends”. (¶161g)
Therefore, we commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons because we understand that each individual is of sacred worth. We do this in a spirit of biblical obedience as we practice the radical hospitality of Jesus Christ.
Updated to match language from the 2016 Discipline
A United Methodist movement of faithful resistance to the anti-LGBTQ Traditional Plan.
The Resist Harm Movement stands firmly within our Wesleyan tradition of the wideness of God’s grace in a broken world in need of Christ’s love. In light of the Traditional Plan passed by the Special General Conference 2019, we cannot remain silent and thereby complicit with legislation that discriminates against LGBTQ persons and that meets pastoral care with punishment.
In a spirit of humility and in a wounded Church of differing convictions, we the people of the Resist Harm movement are compelled to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves and especially as it relates to LGBTQ persons who are the target of the Traditional Plan and other discriminatory provisions in The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline.