Becoming a Reconciling Congregation

First United Methodist Church of Salem (FUMC) is a congregation who believes God’s love and grace extends to all.  We welcome everyone into our church family!

In order to more fully welcome all, a group of members has been exploring the process of becoming a “reconciling congregation” by joining the Reconciling Ministries Network. The Reconciling Ministries Network’s mission is:

“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.”Please check here for updates as we move forward and grow together on this journey.

We’ll be posting updates here on a regular basis letting you know the steps we’re taking and how we’re growing together on this journey.

For questions, please contact us or speak with Laura Metzger or Diana Dickey.  Thank you!

Update #2 – September 2018

Moving Forward

Over the summer, First United hosted a fascinating Bible Study on “God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines. The study was well attended and spurred lots of interesting conversation.

First United Methodist Church continues to move forward in the process to vote on becoming a Reconciling Congregation. We anticipate that there will be a vote on this in November, depending on the decision of the Ad Council. Becoming a Reconciling Congregation means welcoming every person into full inclusion into our church regardless of labels.

Pending the decision of the Ad Council, there will be much more information about this in the upcoming months. The Welcoming Committee wants to be sure that there is full and open communication regarding this issue. A newsletter with information regarding the Reconciling Process will be distributed, and we will strive to have other forums for discussion about this as well. Please watch for the newsletter and have a great fall!

Update #1 – April 2018

Building an Inclusive Church

FUMC hosted a training session on March 24th called “Building an Inclusive Church” for area Methodist churches that was very well received. The Welcoming Committee is also distributing an assessment survey to a sample of church attendees regarding how welcoming we are perceived to be.  We plan to update FUMC members periodically throughout this process.