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Jericho LGBTQ

Jericho Wesley UMC is an inclusive church in which persons of all races, ages, abilities and sexual orientations are welcome as full participants in the life and mission of the church. The Jericho committee aims to tear down walls of intolerance. Wesley UMC is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), a movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and others working for the full participation of all people in the UMC. Please scroll down to learn about the history of Jericho.

Altar for All The Reconciling Ministries Network is organizing support for equal rights in marriage with a petition. Please prayerfully consider whether you would like to sign this statement supporting an alter for all. CLICK HERE

Jericho Sunday On this day, Wesley UMC celebrated the Jericho ministry which works towards equality for all in the UMC. In addition to a special sermon and music, folks wore rainbow stolls, and our children had a fun lesson about breaking down the walls! Please CLICK HERE for PHOTOS about Jericho Sunday.

Library Project Jericho would like to add some new books to the LGBT section in the Wesley Library. If you would like to work on this project or make a donation to purchase these books, please contact Bill Broadrick at bill@concordwumc.org.

Jericho Message When the Jericho ministry was highlighted and celebrated during Sunday worship, many appreciated the words of one Jericho leader, Richard Lessard. Please CLICK HERE to read this message.

Jericho Fund If you would like to make a donation to support any current or future activities of Jericho, please speak with Bill Broadrick (bill@concordwumc.org).

Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church Supports Inclusivity for All In support of equality, this regional conference of the UMC expressed vocal disappointment toward the decisions made at the General Conference this year regarding equality of all persons. The following statement has been issued:

A Statement of Principle

Be it Resolved, that the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference affirms its commitment to the civil and ecclesiastical rights and privileges of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, and declares its passionate opposition to continued distinctions of church law that restrict the rights and privileges of LGBT people in The United Methodist Church; and be it further

Resolved, that the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, acknowledging the grave pastoral crisis facing the church at all levels with regard to the pastoral care of LGBT people, acknowledge that clergy, lay persons and congregations encountering institutional discrimination that inhibits equal access to the means of grace for all persons may feel bound by conscience to offer the ministries and sacraments of the church to all persons on an equal basis. Those who so act according to conscience do so in a way that is consistent with the principles of this jurisdictional conference; and be it further

Resolved, that the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference acknowledge that leaders of the conferences that comprise our jurisdiction, including cabinet members, bishops and members of boards and agencies of the annual conference, while bound to the Book of Discipline, are also bound to exercise their consciences and are bound by Jesus’s commandment to stand with the marginalized and the oppressed in our midst when called upon to enforce unjust laws, policies and procedures to the detriment of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals wishing to participate fully in the life of The United Methodist Church and those who minister faithfully to them; and be it further

Resolved, that the jurisdictional conference recognize that individuals who take punitive actions against others for offering the sacraments and rituals of the church on an equal basis do so contrary to the highest ideals of the United Methodist Church at the risk of causing grave harm to LGBT persons, their loved ones, their sisters and brothers in Christ, faithful clergy and the United Methodist Church itself.

Adopted by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, July 19, 2012.

In addition to the Northeastern Conference, other conferences have also begun to take action to support equality for all in the church. Please CLICK HERE to see a list of other responses.

Rainbow Stoles Jericho has a selection of rainbow stoles, available for a $5 donation. Wearing these stoles will show your personal support of members of the GLBTQ community and extend a welcoming atmosphere to all who share worship with us at Wesley. We encourage you to wear these stoles whenever you like to show our ongoing commitment as a reconciling congregation. Contact the office for more information (224-7413, office@concordwumc.org).

History of Jericho On March 4, 2003, Wesley UMC declared itself a Reconciling Congregation to, among others, persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning. We accept, welcome and celebrate these sons and daughters in the family of the body of Christ as equal before God. Jericho seeks to keep that declaration alive and active at Wesley. The name "Jericho" refers to the act of breaking down walls (as Joshua did at the city of Jericho) of misinformation and misunderstanding that have sometimes left people feeling unwelcome. Jericho's mission includes being a resource for the GLBTQ community and providing opportunities to encourage, support, celebrate and educate all members of the church.

Reconciling Churches in NH Wesley UMC, Lebanon UMC, and St. John's Methodist Church have each voted to become a Reconciling Congregation. To learn more about what it means to be a reconciling congregation, please go to www.rmnetwork.org.

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