Reconciling Congregation

Cross_n_Rainbow_VennDiagramA Reconciling Congregation – ALL are Welcome Here!
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The Creed at Campbell United Methodist Church:

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“We are Campbell United Methodist Church, people reaching out, with open minds, souls and hearts –

  • Nourishing Spirituality
  • Engaging Creativity
  • Building Social Justice
  • Providing loving, welcoming community

– for Christ and the World!”

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Campbell UMC is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).  Along with the RMN, we affirm the vision of the Methodist Church to be one of Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.  Campbell UMC is dedicated to working with RMN, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, and other organizations at the UMC General Conference to change the official UMC stance to include LGBT clergy and candidates, and support (as well as perform the ceremonies of) marriage for all people.

Would you like to know more or become involved?
Please contact the Reconciling Congregation Committee leader at reconciling@campbellunited.org

Please also see the  Campbell UMC Facebook Reconciling Page.

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In the spirit of inclusivity, a team consisting of Campbell UMC and our sister South Bay Reconciling UMCs  –  Almaden Hills UMC, Alum Rock UMC, Good Samaritan UMC, Los Gatos UMC, and Sunnyhills UMC – has created social media accounts for outreach and sharing.

Please find and “like” ChurchComingOut on Facebook and tag #ChurchComingOut – @ChurchComingOut on Instagram

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Doors Open – the Musical

The performance of “Doors Open” the LGBT-themed musical will take place at Wesley UMC, 566 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA on Friday  and Saturday evenings, February 23rd and 24th at 7:30pm.

“Doors Open”, is an LGBTQ-themed musical comedy by Mark Teagle which returns to Wesley UMC in the sanctuary (Donations encouraged).  Share this performance with your friends and neighbors, those wanting to hear the story of a soon-to-be Reconciling Congregation as it wrestles with the issue of LGBTQ people in their church.
If you’ve already seen an earlier version, this production has moved forward from being a workshop performance to one that has additional music, additional characters, and sets, so come again and be entertained!

Since its workshop production last year, the play has been revised and updated including one new song. Cast members have been added along with other changes. Even if you were one of the more than 300 people who attended the first performance, you’ll want to see it again.

“This is an important story to tell,” says writer-director Mark Teagle. “It’s also important for us to tell it. We want to share the message that there are churches who open their doors to people who are LGBTQ.”

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Watch An Act of Love – again!

On June 24th, 2016, Campbell UMC hosted a free community screening of the documentary, An Act of Love (which was newly released at the time).  This compelling film tells the story of Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was initially defrocked & disciplined by The United Methodist Church for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage.

The film was shown in partnership with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), which hopes to inspire members of the United Methodist Church to work toward changing the Church’s official doctrine to fully include LGBTQ clergy and congregants.  It is still most timely, with the Council of Bishops still working to find A Way Forward.

We’ve just been notified that the film is now available on Kanopy  free for streaming!

If you were unable to attend our screening or would like to see it again, you are invited to watch this wonderful, yet still divisive story about the act that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his gay son.
All means ALL!  Watch the trailer.

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Previous EVENTS and NEWS:

August 27, 2017 – Join United Methodist Churches at SV Pride 

Join us on Sunday, August 27th, when we will be participating with our sister South Bay Reconciling Congregations in Silicon Valley Pride being held in San JoseThe Parade begins at 10AM, we’ll all meet at St. John Street near the corner of Market Street by 9:30am and march together.
Following the parade, we will have a short worship service, then the “Day Festival” will be from 12-6pm at Cesar Chavez Park, where the South Bay Reconciling UMCs will have a booth for our collective group: “Church Coming Out”.
The following churches will be joining in the parade & at the booth:
Campbell UMC, Almaden Hills UMC, Alum  Rock UMC, Los Altos UMC, Los Gatos UMC, Good Samaritan UMC, Sunnyhills UMC, St Paul UMC, San Jose First UMC, Willow Glen UMC, Morgan Hill UMC.
Please Join us – ALL Welcome!
Get more into and connect using our Facebook EventShare!

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NEWS from General Conference:

Read the new Bishops’ Pastoral Response (dated 18 May 2016)
to “A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders” (dated 9 May 2016, prior to commencement of General Conf)

 

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We support the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, which has been active during the 2016 General Conference for United Methodists from all over the world.  This important work continues…

Who is the Love Your Neighbor Coalition?
(from the website): “We are United Methodists committed to the embodiment of God’s love and justice within and through the people and mission of The United Methodist Church… to assure The United Methodist Church is fully open to the presence, love and grace of God offered to all people.”
They will remind delegates that our denomination is not yet fully welcoming to people from different race, cultures, physical abilities and sexual orientations.

If you would like to support the progressive work of the LYNC, make a check out to Campbell UMC with the memo, “Love Your Neighbor”; or, if giving cash, please also note “Love Your Neighbor” on the envelope.  You may place your gift in the offering plates, send to or call the church office.

As we noted in our own Statement of Reconciliation, All means ALL!
Thank you for supporting this important work!

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When we say that we are Building Social Justice, what does this involve?
“We are doers, with a commitment to engage and serve people in the world beyond the church walls.
We help our church community develop the spiritual depth and learn the skills to live in a diverse world.
We are an invitational, welcoming community where inclusiveness is a core value.
We are a reconciling community, in which LGBTQ persons and their families are actively welcomed.
As individuals and as a church community, we will reach out with open minds and hearts to build social justice.”

At Campbell UMC, your friendship is valued and safeguarded. You are accepted for who you are. We consider ourselves all one church family, every leaf on the tree!
Being a Reconciling Congregation means we welcome all persons as Christ did regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, physical or mental health ability, family status, or financial circumstances.
We want all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families to feel welcome here and part of our family.

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 Would you like to know more or become involved?
Please contact the Reconciling Congregation Committee leader at reconciling@campbellunited.org

Also see the  Campbell UMC Facebook Reconciling Page


Our Statement of Reconciliation

Campbell United Methodist Church
We are a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). Along with the RMN, we affirm the vision of the Methodist Church to be one of Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.
Our vision is consistent with the mission statement of The United Methodist Church “to make disciples of Jesus Christ” and the direction of the Council of Bishops which adds “for the transformation of the world”.
As Reconciling United Methodists we can say “We are United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

For additional information about the
Reconciling Ministries Network, click on the link.   

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