WHERE LOVE LIVES
Committed to living out our belief that God’s church is open to all.
The United Methodist Church in the Western Jurisdiction is a scripturally-based and fully-inclusive ministry. This campaign includes resources for local churches, as faithful, inviting, open, safe, and loving places to engage in conversations centering on being the church for all people. Learn more about the campaign by clicking the button below.
January’s theme, “Same-gender weddings are always an option,” addresses a topic that has separated many people from one another, the subject of marriage equality. Use the resources provided to Invite your community to find the non-anxious presence of God deep in their souls as we journey together through the month. [Click Here to Access]
February’s theme is “Committed to our Wesleyan roots: The inseparability of Personal Piety and Social Holiness.” Three weekly video series and Wednesday webinars explore theological concepts with a current-day lens, examine our Wesleyan heritage, and engage children across the jurisdiction around timeless Wesleyan values. [Click Here to Access]
As the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church continues its “Where Love Lives” campaign this month, the Greater Northwest Area of The UMC will explore our LGBTQ+ siblings’ call to ministry in a denomination where, by and large, they are still not welcome.
- Fair & Equal Ordination for All?!
- Fair & Equal Ordination for All: A gay preacher’s calling
- Fair & Equal Ordination for All: 17 years later … was it worth it?
- Fair & Equal Ordination for All: “Let your Life Speak” A laity voice
- Fair & Equal Ordination for All: A queer clergyperson’s path to ministry, ordination and hope for full inclusion
- Fair & Equal Ordination for All: It’s one thing to be ordained a queer clergy person, it’s another to be appointed
April’s theme, “The church isn’t a building,” demystifies the myth that church is a building. Our buildings do matter, but we care more about the people. This month’s resources highlight ministries and GBCS’s Faith & Facts cards to inspire new opportunities for collaboration and ministry. [Click Here to Access]
May’s theme is “We are the United Methodist Church, and we are what our name says.” We are the Church. Jesus began forming us when he called some fishermen to be his disciples, and the circle kept expanding to include people of all ages, nations, races, and sexual orientations. [Click Here to Read More]
“Our Commitment to Diversity” is the theme for June. Find out about all that is planned and how your community can participate. [Click Here to Access]
REMEMBERING WHO GOD CALLS US TO BE
Epiphany Message from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops
Epiphany falls on Friday, January 6, 2023. Please share this message with your congregation as you see fit on Epiphany, the Sunday following Epiphany, or at another time that works best for your ministry. Click here to find the Vimeo page and download this video.
Invitation to Spiritual Care and Safe Space from the Western Jurisdiction LGBTQIA+ Ministries, United Methodist Church
We come with hearts broken, yet again, by another senseless act of violence perpetrated against the LGBTQIA+ community, this time at Club Q in Colorado Springs on the eve of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Because we believe that God’s heart is broken when...
Saints honored and no elections on day 2 of WJC2022
Written by Selby Ewing and Kristen C. Caldwell Day two of Western Jurisdictional Conference in Salt Lake City brought eight ballots, introduced us to a few pieces of legislation and gave us time to honor the departed in our beloved WJ connection. Yet no new...
No elections on the first day of energetic WJC 2022
Written by Selby Ewing and Kristen C. Caldwell The first day of the Western Jurisdictional Conference in Salt Lake City began with an episcopal address, the introduction of the 33 episcopal candidates, one certifying ballot and two other ballots, speeches,...
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