Pastor's Monday Updates

June 3, 2019

Broadway Church Council has approved a purpose statement in response to the United Methodist Special General Conference that was held last February (text posted below the video).  Rev. Alexis shares what going forward might look like for Broadway and welcomes your thoughts, questions and concerns.

From BUMC Church Council

On Tuesday, May 28th a motion to approve this statement of BUMC’s Church Council in response to the United Methodist Special General Conference 2019 was accepted.

We believe all people are created in the image of God.
We believe all people are children of God and desire affirmation of this truth.
We believe that all people desire a safe place to experience God.
We are committed to building a community where all feel safe to be authentic and to give full expression to their experiences of love and of God, where all feel safe to bring their questions, doubts, and struggles.
We believe no one should place barriers between people and their ability to know God.
We repent for the stumbling blocks we have created both by our action and our inaction.
We are committed to building a community where we can allow those we disagree with to coexist with us and where we learn to celebrate this diversity.
We recognize that there is tension and uncomfortableness that comes with building a truly inclusive community but we believe that is exactly who Jesus calls us to be.
We are committed to building a community where the challenging truths revealed in diversity help us all to grow toward perfection in love.
We believe the markers of a Godly marriage are consent and mutual flourishing between two adults.
We believe human beings need relationships and connection in order to thrive.
We are committed to building a shared ethic of behavior that is affirming to all people and allows space for humans to flourish in the Holy Spirit.
We are committed to building a community where truth, beauty, and love will be revealed in our disagreements as much as in our core values.

Those present who voted unanimously to accept the Council statement were: George Smith, Ronda Long-Birdsall, Rosemary Deremer (At Large Members); Sue Griswold (Memorials), Katie Harold (Youth Representative), Shannon Meister (Chair), Marv Kieckhafer (SPPRC and Lay Representative to Annual Conference), Kristi Waller (Lay Representative to Annual Conference), Nick Parrish (Finance), Nancy File (Scholarship), and Marie Huggins (Outreach), Pastoral staff, Rev. Alexis and Pastor Mark and Lay staff, Teresa Fletcher (Recording Secretary) were also present. We welcome all conversations regarding this statement and the actions of General Council 2019. Please talk with the pastors or any Church Council member.