We Are Reconciling & LGBTQ Congregation

Twenty-five years ago, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church voted to become a Reconciling Congregation, which means we welcome all to fully participate in the church regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our congregation has grown to include a substantial LGBTQ population that is involved in every aspect of the Church’s structure, mission, and life.

We celebrate LGBTQ weddings in our sanctuary, after the usual consultation and pre-marital counseling of the couple by our Pastor.

Our Reconciling Ministries affirmation says, in part:

We rejoice in the gifts and graces of all persons. No one will be excluded from participating in the body of the church because of age, color, ethnicity, culture, religious origins, sexual preference, or challenging conditions; therefore, we openly accept and welcome the participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons in our midst.

Acceptance for all can be a reality if we as builders of the community make it so. Fear, hatred, and oppression reflect neither God’s love nor God’s intent for the community of faith.

We pledge our efforts to advocate and address the concerns of all in our church and in society.

We pray for all who find themselves in exile from the family of God. We pray that our church, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, will share the responsibility of moving forward to affirm the integrity and worth of all persons…We affirm the teachings of Jesus that call us to move beyond judgment to love and renew our commitment to one another and to this church to be faithful witnesses of the gospel. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is incompatible with discrimination or intolerance…

As a congregation, it distresses us deeply that any of God’s children would feel unwelcome in God’s House. We welcome you to join us if you are looking for a Church where you will be accepted and included regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity.

On August 11, 2019, we celebrated our 25th anniversary of being a Reconciling Congregation. Our guest speaker was JJ Warren, a young adult and nationally recognized speaker. Watch the video below to learn more about our work as a Reconciling Congregation.