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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We believe every person is of sacred worth and created in God’s image. We commit to Jesus’ example of inclusive love, care, and intentional hospitality with persons of every race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, faith story, physical or mental ability, economic status, or political perspective. We respect our diversity of opinion and expressions of faith. Therefore, as God loves us, so let us love and serve in the name of Christ.


Belmont UMC featured in January 2014 Out and About Nashville magazine - The January 2014 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.


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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Delta Sunday School class: An intergenerational group dedicated to living out the United Methodist mission of Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors through spiritual, intellectual, and social exploration and growth. This class is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network and is open and accepting of all persons regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Sundays, 9:15-10:15, room 202.

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 Class schedules are set based upon interest. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to know more.




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