Although we are still reviewing the full implications of what transpired, we believe that the actions of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this week are incompatible with Belmont’s mission and the Gospel. Frankly, we like many church leaders, are utterly stunned and deeply saddened as we share the hurt, anger and sorrow that many are feeling. Belmont is committed to its witness of God’s inclusive love for ALL people. Our Welcome Statement, adopted in 2013, is unchanged. We will not stop advocating, fighting and working until our church is able to welcome all people fully with no reservations. We continue to believe in our core that all means all. We are disheartened but we will not waiver from our understanding of what Jesus calls us to do.
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.