All Are Welcome. Seriously, All.
Why do we discriminate against sexual orientation when we already say “All are welcome” at Smoky Hill UMC? The truth is that just about every Christian church says “All are welcome”. Sadly, that just doesn’t translate into reality. Throughout history, gays and lesbians have gone to churches where “all are welcome” but then are criticized and demonized from the pulpit and classrooms. Unfortunately, this remains true even today in 2017. That is why churches have to put the words (in rainbow colors) “Seriously, all” following “All are welcome.”
We need to remember that the United Methodist Church has already discriminated against gays and lesbians in the Book of Discipline and are saying they are not welcomed to full inclusion in the life of the church. But we also remember the United Methodist Church has a rich history, in order to remain true to Christ’s teaching, of discriminating and focusing attention toward people who have been marginalized by society. Children, African-Americans, women, slaves and many other groups have been discriminating against by the church in order to remedy their plight. We feel it is past time to discriminate and provide focus to the LGBT community and let them know unequivocally they are welcome at Smoky Hill UMC. Beyond welcoming them we need to engage them, embrace them and incorporate them as much as possible into the worshiping, ministering and administrative fabric of the church.
Prayerfully and with love,
Susan Allen, John Kingsbury, Kathy Brennan, Nancy Newman, Deborah Craig, Rebecca Runyan, John Craig, John Tedrick, Charlotte Farris, Kathy Tedrick, Mark Ferguson and Greg Young