Reconciling Weekend March 14-15: COVID-19 Update

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UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020

Due to new district-wide guidelines around COVID-19, the FUMC community will NOT be meeting in person for Forum or worship on Sunday, March 15. However, J.J. Warren will be with us via Zoom for both events, and we invite you to join us also using this online meeting platform.

Wondering how Zoom works? You’ll need to download the free Zoom app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Check out this short video to learn Zoom basics:

Please join our Zoom meeting with J.J. for Forum at 9:00 am MDT on Sunday, March 15.
CLICK HERE to join the meeting; the meeting ID number is 871 273 614.

After Forum, move to a different Zoom meeting, and attend our 10:30 AM worship service online. J.J. will be with us once again. CLICK HERE to join the worship Zoom meeting; the meeting ID number is 162 089 329, and the password is 651463.

CLICK HERE to view the worship bulletin for the March 15 service. Feel free to download it and print it out if you’d like.

J.J. Warren decided to cancel his travel to Boulder for our Reconciling Anniversary weekend March 14-15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The time of conversation with J.J., originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been CANCELED. On Sunday, March 15, J.J. will lead our Forum program via Zoom (an online meeting platform) at 9:00 AM, and he will also share his message with us in our 10:30 AM worship service via Zoom. Boulder’s Resonance Women’s Chorus, who planned to sing in our March 15 worship service, have also canceled due to COVID-19.

In March 2020, First United Methodist Church of Boulder (FUMC) is celebrating 23 years of being a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones.

J.J. Warren

J.J. Warren is a seminary student at Boston University School of Theology, a graduate of New York’s Sarah Lawrence College (’19), and a certified candidate for ordination in The United Methodist Church (UMC). After making an impassioned plea for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons at the United Methodist Church’s top law-making assembly in 2019, J.J.’s speech went viral, and his advocacy has been covered by HuffPost, NBC, Brut Media, and WXXI Radio. His first book, Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects, is now available from Abingdon Press.

J.J. spent a year at Oxford University, England, where he studied Biblical Hebrew, Early Church history, and gender studies of late antiquity. He founded a progressive Christian community on his undergraduate campus, and founded Team Forward, an online collective of queer youth/young adults and allies who seek to grow in ministry, use their voices, and reclaim the Church through radical love. J.J. now travels the world preaching a message of collective forward progress and inclusion. His summer 2019 speaking tour, Forward Together, visited more than 30 cities across the United States. Visit his website to learn more!

J.J. had originally planned to travel to Boulder for our Reconciling weekend, but he decided to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He does plan to visit in person later this spring or this summer; keep checking our website for the latest information.

As a Reconciling Congregation, FUMC Boulder is a member church of the Reconciling Ministries Network. From their website: Living into our shared baptismal covenant, Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists to resist evil, injustice, and oppression as we seek justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.