Declaration of Inclusivity
The St. Francis Declaration of Inclusivity - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors - has been drafted by the Something New Committee and approved by the Church Council. We asked Bishop Bob Hoshibata how St Francis can be a leader in the response to the actions of the 2019 General Conference. He charged us to make a strong & specific statement and then to garner as many signatures to the statement as possible. The signatures were taken to the Desert Southwest Conference and the result was the Resolution to Disavow the passing of the Traditional Plan.
Please read the statement below and, if you agree, sign it by typing your name at the end of the statement and submitting your signature electronically, then read the subsequent Resolution to Disavow passed by the Desert Sounthwest Conference. St. Francis is continuing to lead the way!
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
In February 2019 the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to close their hearts, minds and doors to LGBTQIA+ individuals. We as the faith based community of St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church stand in total opposition to this decision.
We assert that all people are beloved children of God and are of sacred worth. We strive to welcome everyone at St. Francis in the Foothills and call on all congregations to extend a similar welcome.
We pledge to continue to celebrate the covenant of straight and same-gender weddings in our church and our pastors will continue to conduct these weddings with the full support of our faith community.
We proclaim that all persons should be free to be ordained, appointed and serve their congregations without fear of trial for who they love or who God created them to be.
We the undersigned members and friends of St. Francis in the Foothills wish to state our commitment to continue being a community with open hearts, minds and doors.
Our open hearts will never file charges against a pastor who officiates at the marriage of a loving, same-gender couple.
Our open minds accept the diversity of all God’s children.
Our open doors welcome all persons seeking the love of God and a faith community.
Our open hearts, open minds and open doors capture the “Love your neighbor as yourself” fundamental teaching of Jesus. Our neighbors are whoever needs to be welcomed at the door, listened to with an open mind and loved in our hearts.
We cannot and will not abide by the definition of the “United Methodist Church” as voted upon by the 2019 General Conference. We will not close our hearts, minds or doors to anyone.
We invite the wider church body to join us in dreaming about what a new church will be. Help us to create this church at the congregational, conference and global levels.