At the July 2019 Church Council meeting it was unanimously decided that we as a church would accept the following as our Statement of Inclusion.
College Avenue UMC Statement of Inclusion
At College Avenue United Methodist Church, we strive to live in ways which respect the dignity of others, communicate compassion, convey hospitality to others, promote spiritual growth, strengthen our sense of community, and enhance our discipleship. We affirm God’s grace is available to all, without exception, and we welcome the full inclusion of all God’s people to participate in all aspects of the church’s life and ministry. We stand against the exclusion of any people, and believe that we can love one another even though we may not think alike. The love of God is shown in the living example of Jesus Christ, and we commit ourselves to advance this Christian message of inclusion and justice.
College Avenue UMC Family,
The Ad Hoc Committee which has been tasked by Church Council with developing a statement of inclusion to represent CAUMC recently conducted a church-wide survey. The goal of this survey was to gauge this church's position on the issues of human sexuality that were the subject of the recent special session of the United Methodist Church's General Conference.
The committee greatly appreciates the tremendous response we received on the survey, both in number of respondents and in thoughtful attention to the issues. Attached you will find a summary of the results of the survey.
If you have any questions regarding the survey or the work being done by the Ad Hoc Committee, please contact the chair of the committee, Heather Lansdowne (785-776-6490) .
CAUMC Ad Hoc Committee
Proposal for CAUMC Church Council
As we wait and watch the struggles taking place throughout the United Methodist Church, including in our own Great Plains Conference, it is important that College Avenue UMC is clear about our own position on the issues that are at the core of the divide within the UMC. The College Avenue UMC Church Council wants to ensure we don’t proceed with any action without respecting the views of all those in the congregation.
At the March 17, 2019, Church Council meeting the council passed a proposal to form an ad hoc committee that would work to provide congregants an opportunity to express their views on the positions of the church. The committee will work to identify our church’s position and craft a proposed statement clearly communicating that position, to serve as a guidepost for our own congregation as we observe the changes across the church landscape and determine the best landing place for our church.
It is hopeful that we would do this all in the next few months as we all understand that waiting is difficult, and we want to make sure that we don’t rush into a reactive stance. Please feel free to contact Pastor Dennis or Church Council Chair Heather Lansdowne with questions or concerns about this process.
Thanks to all CAUMC members and participating non-members who attended the meeting after church on March 3. Below you will find a video of the meeting, a copy of a document distributed at the meeting, and a summary of questions generated by small group discussions following the meeting.
As CAUMC continues to examine how this action by the United Methodist Church may impact our church, you'll find updates on our progress here on this page of our website.