Welcoming Statement: This Is Who We Are
Reconciling Ministries @NRUMC is an intersectional community welcoming, affirming and celebrating people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, race, color, socioeconomic status, age or ability. We extend ourselves in grace and healing by intentionally supporting full inclusion of all people in all aspects of life and church. We are committed to facilitating repair and reconciliation in our community and congregation through social justice, advocacy and implementation. We are inclusive of all people, all the time.
The Reconciling Ministries Covenant: How We Will Strive to Operate as a Group within NRUMC and Our Community
You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and God’s way. We will strive to be patient when we are tired and irritated.
You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. We will strive to be faithful when we are mourning or when we feel defeated.
You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are–no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. We will strive to be joyful for the people we are and the people we are becoming.
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. God is the food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. We will strive to be filled from the goodness of God and let that goodness guide our words and actions.
You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. We will strive to be care-full in all our interactions, especially in places of disagreement with others, that they might feel cared for.
You’re blessed when you get your inside world–your mind and heart–put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. We will strive to act from a place of purified intention so that our thoughts, emotions, and deeds are seamless.
You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. We will strive to be peacemakers who demonstrate that there is value in every person we encounter.
You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. We will strive to be gracious and forbearing to those who persecute us in word or deed.
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