What We Believe
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. We welcome all persons regardless of race, gender, age, physical disability, and sexual orientation to join us on our journey with God. When we practice genuine hospitality, engage in heartfelt acts of service, and embrace the gifts of people from different backgrounds and experiences, the church becomes the authentic expression of God’s unconditional love for us all.
We believe that every human being is a beloved child of God. We believe that each human being is on a journey toward God, with God. We freely admit that we do not have all the answers. We believe that Jesus points the way. All are welcome, no exceptions.
Reconciling Ministries Network
First United Methodist Church of Austin is a proud member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), a group of United Methodist congregations who have adopted statements welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.
As committed disciples of Jesus Christ, the Reconciling Ministries Network strives to transform the world by living out the Gospel’s teachings of grace, love, justice and inclusion for all of God’s children. Reconciling Ministries Network is committed to policy change and the creation of long-term solutions and practices that create full inclusion in The United Methodist Church and our broader society. RMN works for full equality in membership, ordination, and marriage for God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.
RMN at FUMC
Church Resolution to Join RMN
In 2013, FUMC voted as a congregation to become a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network. This milestone signified publicly that FUMC is an open and welcoming church for all LGBTQ persons.
Resolution to Support Same-Sex Weddings
In its April 17, 2016 meeting, the members of the Administrative Board adopted a resolution, consistent with our 2013 congregational vote to affiliate with Reconciling Ministries Network, stating that the Administrative Board desires to allow same-sex weddings to be performed on our premises, and asking our Rio Texas Conference delegates to General Conference to vote in favor of changes in the Book of Discipline that would allow local churches this option. View the resolution.
Marriage Equality Resolution
On Sunday, September 24, 2017 members of FUMC adopted a resolution to discontinue marriage ceremonies at its facilities in order to align its wedding policies with its strongly-held principle of full inclusion of all persons. This resolution creates a policy that treats weddings of opposite-sex and same-sex couples equally but does not violate the United Methodist Church Book of Discipline. The measure was approved by 93% of the members present and voting.
While FUMC has enacted a moratorium on weddings on church property, all three pastors will continue to offer blessings, prayers or homilies for couples who desire to marry off-site, regardless of sexual orientation. FUMC pastors will also work closely with clergy of other denominations who are permitted to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.
FUMC will continue to work with other UMC congregations in Texas and beyond to advocate for change in United Methodist Church policies that discriminate against LGBTQ persons. For more information, visit www.fumcaustin.org/discernment.
An Act of Love Film Screening
On April 17, 2016, FUMC hosted a community event to watch the movie An Act of Love. This powerful film documents the trial that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister, Reverend Frank Schaefer, who risked his career and identity as a UMC elder to officiate his son’s marriage to his longtime partner.
Annual Pride Interfaith Worship Service
During Pride week in August, Pride Interfaith Partnership and First UMC proudly sponsor an annual Pride Interfaith CELEBRATION, with help from supporting communities. The service celebrates a diversity of religious beliefs and affirms that all people, including LGBTQ and allies, are created with sacred worth. This annual event is a decades-long tradition in Austin. The Pride Interfaith CELEBRATION offers a safe and centering space with an opening processional of local faith leaders, powerful speakers, inspiring music.
Annual Pride Parade
In August, FUMC members lace up their walking shoes and march together, proudly representing its own Reconciling congregation in the Annual Austin Pride Parade. Together, members meet for a light dinner at the Family Life Center before walking the parade together. This is a time of fellowship, fun, and support for the church’s beliefs of extending God’s love to all. We are ALL brothers and sisters in Christ.
To learn more or get involved with FUMC’s RMN team, please contact Trevor Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.