MISSION STATEMENT

Welcome Home! At the end of a long day, the trolley stops and you find a spiritual home at First Church where we are called to the ministry of reconciliation. We celebrate our human family’s diversity of race, ethnicity, age, national origin, faith history, economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, and education.

We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace. We recognize that there are differences among us, but believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.

 

BELIEFS

--We practice a progressive approach to Christianity. We believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus leads to an awakening of the sacredness and unity of all life. We seek community that that is inclusive of all people including persons of other faith backgrounds. We strive for peace and justice for all people through our thoughts and actions.

--We believe that, if God can be manifest in three persons, then God can also be manifest in more than one gender. Therefore, we intentional in our use of inclusive language when referring to God and God's children.

 

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Media, PA 19063

 

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Regarding the General Conference Vote on Homosexuality

Early in 2019, the United Methodist Church voted by a narrow margin to enforce denominational practices regarding homosexuality, disallowing the marriage of same-sex couples and the ordination of openly gay and lesbian clergy.

 

In early 2020, a group of church leaders put forth a proposal for the denomination to amicably split on the issue of homosexuality; more info can be found here. First Church is unanimous in desiring to be part of a new, fully LGBTQ+-affirming denomination. This plan has not been voted on yet and is not confirmed. Due to COVID-19, voting has been postponed to a conference to be held in 2021.  

Regardless, we at First Church want to be very clear we will always be a safe and affirming place for all of God's LGBTQ+ children, period. This includes, but is not limited to, ordaining and sponsoring LGBTQ+ clergy and seminarians and sanctioning same-sex weddings. We commit to this stance regardless of potential consequences. 

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