Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Yesterday, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to enforce the ban on churches ordaining LGBTQIA+ clergy and performing same-sex weddings. As a Reconciling Congregation that affirms the human dignity and worth of all persons, we at First United Methodist Church of Boulder are heart-broken to hear this news. We are saddened and grieved that the General Conference of the United Methodist Church stands in opposition of full inclusion of our entire UMC family. Our hearts especially go out to our LGBTQIA+ siblings who have been hurt once again by the United Methodist Church as a whole-our commitment remains with you. May the God of boundless love and infinite inclusion guide our discernment and that of the larger United Methodist body in the weeks and months to come.
Rev. Matthias Krier, FUMC Pastor
Celene Lillie, Ph.D., M.Div., Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation
Stephanie Moffitt, M.Div., FUMC Director of Family Life
Rev. Barbara J. Middleton, All Faith Clergy, FUMC Laity Delegate
Rev. Rosalee T. Blake, FUMC Deacon, Board Certified Chaplain
Dr. Gerald W. Holbrook, FUMC Director of Music
Jon Kottke, FUMC Lay Leader
Annie Grace Hayes, M.A. Theology & Ministry, FUMC Office Administrator
Anna Schoettle, FUMC Office Assistant
Jessica Harbeson, FUMC Communications Director
Heidi Lewis, FUMC Youth Coordinator
Ginny Wells, FUMC Church Council Chair
Watch Rev. Donna Prichard, Chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team, make a statement in response to yesterday’s vote.
The Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church made this video in response to the February 26 vote: