At St. John’s, inclusion and diversity describe a community based on mutual respect and love. We embrace our differences as holy expressions of God’s inclusive love for all creation.
Our diversity reflects the many facets of God’s creation in our age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, work and educational experience, physical and mental abilities, and spiritual needs. Different though we are, we share a faith in a creative Spirit that urges us toward maturity, wisdom, responsibility and love.
What does it mean to be reconciling?
As a reconciling congregation in the United Methodist Church, St. John’s is part of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), working for the full participation of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The term reconciling and the name of the Reconciling Ministries Network comes from 2 Corinthians 5:19:
In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.