First United Methodist Church Westfield seeks to affirm that our church is open and welcome to all LGBTQIA people following the decision of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. We believe that all of us are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of our Almighty God, who loves us all completely. We believe that everyone deserves the right to love and to serve the church, and we grieve for the decision that was made and for those who were wounded by it.
The motto of the United Methodist Church is “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” FUMC Westfield stands behind this sentiment and promises not only to be a congregation grounded in love for all of God’s people, but a congregation that will stand and fight for what is right. We believe in the power of the United Methodist Church to do great things for the Kingdom of God, but we first believe in the Greatest Commandment that Jesus set before us:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” - Matthew 22:37-39
Our hearts, minds, and doors are open to all of our LGBTQIA brothers and sisters. We welcome you in the name of our Lord Jesus, whose love is boundless, perfect, and everlasting.
For more information about FUMC Westfield, please visit fumcwestfield.org.
About the Special Session of the General Conference
The Special Session hosted General Conference delegates from the global United Methodist Church February 24-26 to vote on a Way Forward as to the church’s stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, and ordination of gay clergy. The One Church Plan, recommended by a majority of the Council of Bishops, was voted down in the session. This plan would have removed the current language in the Book of Discipline condemning homosexuality, and retained the unity of the global church while allowing conferences and congregations the freedom to interpret scripture and understand as they saw fit. The Session passed the Traditional Plan, which affirms and strengthens the current language in the Book of Discipline. For more information about the United Methodist Church and the Special Session, please visit umc.org.
Kylie Haskins is the Youth and Communications Coordinator at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield