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Reconciling Ministries at Belmont UMC

Belmont United Methodist Church is a community of Christ-followers growing in love of God and neighbor. As one particular expression of life together, Belmont is committed to expanding ministries of reconciliation and inclusion to all of God’s children. If you would like to know more about or to get involved with any of the following ministries, contact Rev. Dr. Pam Hawkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 383-0823, ext. 24.

To learn more about Belmont UMC's discernment process in regard to growing in our hospitality to all, click here.

Upcoming events

Invitation to a holy conversation with Matt Berryman

Belmont’s hospitality statement commits to “inclusive love, care, and intentional hospitality” for all persons. We are engaged in a holy conversation about how to live into that commitment.

Matt Berryman, a gay former UMC pastor, gave up his ordination because of UMC policies but continues his ministry as the Executive Director of the Reconciling Ministries Network RMN). Matt is a friend of many here and will share his story at noon on Sunday, March 16, in Parker Hall. He will also speak about RMN’s mission and what it can mean to be a reconciling church. Box lunches will be available for $10. Sandwich choices are ham, turkey, or veggie; lunches will include chips, vegetable salad, fruit, and a cookie. Reservations for lunch are necessary (please include sandwich choice) and must be made by calling 383-0832  or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Monday, March 10.

Matt’s visit is a vital part of Belmont’s ongoing holy conversation and a response to requests for more information about RMN from Belmonters with many valued perspectives.  No decision is pending about joining RMN at this time. Please come to listen, be present, and be heard during this offered event.

News

Belmont UMC featured in January Out and About Nashville magazine - The January issue of Out and About Nashville, Nashville’s leading magazine for the LGBT community, features an article about Belmont’s decision to adopt a welcoming statement that explicitly welcomes, among others, persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The article, written by Belmont member Eric Patton, describes the church’s long conversation about adopting a welcoming statement and the strategic planning discernment process that led to adopting this statement in October.  This article is part of the Reconciling Ministry Teams’ ongoing efforts to  live into our welcoming statement in the community and denomination.  Copies of the article are available in the foyer and narthex, or by clicking here.

Community

Our Stories: Welcoming Voices from Belmont United Methodist Church

Our Stories is a collection of personal stories and reflections from Belmonters about why all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be welcome at Belmont and other United Methodist churches. The Reconciling Ministry Team has published these stories with the hope that we will realize that this social issue is not just a topic for theological or political debate but a personal matter for many people.  A pdf version of the booklet can be downloaded by clicking here or, if you would like to receive a copy via mail, contact Rev. Pam Hawkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 383-0832, ext. 24.

Reconciling Ministries Team: A ministry team of laity and clergy in the Belmont UMC community who plan and implement local church and community programs and events focused on strengthening our welcome to and inclusion of all people, especially those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning, and to their families and friends. If you would like to know more about this Team, contact Pam Hawkins.

Kairos Sunday School class: A reconciling class open to people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds who feel “the fierce urgency now” (M.L. King, Jr.) in striving for the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness. As a covenantal community, we are committed to gathering faithfully in hospitable fellowship, practicing means of grace, studying the scriptures, reflecting theologically on the social issues of our time, serving the “least of these,” working for justice, and holding one another accountable to following Jesus in our everyday lives. Sundays, 9:15 – 10:15, Outreach Center, Room 5.

Small Group Study:This I Know”: A seven-week small group study is offered two times each year at Belmont. It is created to encourage constructive conversation on the issue of homosexuality and Christianity. This multi-week study was developed as a companion to For the Bible Tells Me So, the award-winning documentary that tells how five ordinary Christian families have coped with the realization of having a gay child. Understandably, many Christians shy away from this topic that has become controversial and divisive in many church communities. The goal of this study is to encourage learning, listening, and dialogue through study of scripture, history, social context, personal story, and theological reflection. Contributors to the study include Brian McLaren, Marcus Borg, Bishop Richard Wilke, Victor Paul Furnish, and others. To learn more about the study, go to http://www.thisiknowstudy.org/ Class schedules are set based upon interest. Please contact Pam Hawkins if you would like to know more – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 383-0832.

Annual Community Film Viewing: Each year in the spring, a film (documentary or other) related to or focusing on the LGBTQ community is selected and co-sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Team and Kairos Sunday School class of Belmont United Methodist Church, along with the Nashville Area Reconciling Ministry network. These films are always open to the public and usually include a panel discussion following the viewing. In 2013, the film date is Sunday, March 3 and the film selected is Prayers for Bobby. For more information, contact Pam Hawkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Reconciling Ministries Book Group: Periodically, a small group from Belmont UMC selects for reading and discussion a book on an issue or person significant to the LGBTQ community. In 2012, the book was Adam’s Gift by Jimmy Creech. In 2013 the selection is God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage by Gene Robinson. Dates for the 2013 reading discussions are not yet set, but if you are interested in learning more, contact Pam Hawkins, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Resources:

Edgehill United Methodist Church – http://edgehill.org

Nashville Area Reconciling Ministries (NARM) – http://narministries.org

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