Reconciling congregation

We Support Bishop Karen Oliveto

Bishop Karen Oliveto of the Mountain Sky Conference preached at First United Methodist Church of Boulder on March 5, 2017, our twentieth anniversary celebration of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones. After this uplifting service, the members and friends of First United Methodist Church came forth to speak […]

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Reconciling Sunday is March 11: Special Guest Preacher Rev. John Oda

Our 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, March 11 will celebrate our 21st anniversary as a Reconciling Congregation, fully and joyfully welcoming LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) people and their loved ones. In 1997, First United Methodist Church of Boulder joined the Reconciling Ministries Network of the United Methodist Church, a subgroup […]

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20 Years of Welcoming Absolutely Everyone: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Becoming a Reconciling Congregation with Bishop Oliveto and the Resonance Women’s Chorus Sunday, 3/5

“Loving God by loving others” is an important way of being for First United Methodist Church of Boulder. This church has been loving others by being a Reconciling Ministries congregation for 20 years, and we will celebrate this significant anniversary on Sunday, March 5, during our 10:30 am worship service.   Reconciling Ministries congregations in […]

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Celebrating 19 Years of Welcoming Everyone on March 6

With Love from Pat On Sunday, March 6th, our 10:30 am worship service will celebrate our nineteenth Anniversary of becoming a United Methodist Reconciling Congregation. On March 4, 1997, our church family decided to live out our faith fully and to intentionally reach out to our sisters and brothers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, […]

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Newtown and Boston

As I write this post I am watching the early morning MSNBC reports of the shoot-out and killing of one suspected Boston Marathon bomber and the extensive manhunt for the other suspect. I am hearing that everyone in the city of Boston should “shelter in place” which means stay indoors. News reporters say this kind of lock-down is unprecedented. All public transportation has been shut down. Now there are reports of other persons of interest in custody.

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Moving Forward from General Conference

Yesterday (Thursday) even as the Colorado Civil Union Act moved out of the House Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church defeated all changes that would remove from The Book of Discipline the discriminatory and hateful language that declares that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching, that self-avowed practicing homosexuals cannot be ordained, that United Methodist pastors cannot officiate at same sex marriages or even bless holy unions, and that such services cannot be held in our church buildings.

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Hope and Rainbows

I would like to share a couple of things today. First, the opening week of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church ends tomorrow. General Conference began with major speeches from the Council of Bishops, Laity and Young United Methodists. The Young United Methodist presentation featured Krin Ali, a member of Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver.

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Thoughts on General Conference

Every four years 1000 delegates from United Methodist conferences around the world meet to discern the priorities of our denomination, to develop the policies that shape our life-together, to allocate the dollars that fund ministry and mission, and to shape the organization that supports ministry in mission around the world. These decisions are found in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, which is updated and published following each General Conference.

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An Easter Story

Easter is coming. Last Easter season I told this story. I want to share it with you again in these days before Easter:

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