Since Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) was recognized as a part of the Work Area on Nurture, a lot of people have asked what RMN is about and what it hopes to accomplish. The over arching objective of Embry Hills Reconciling Ministries is to support each other as we discover how to live in harmony with ourselves, then with our neighbor, and finally with creation and the world.
One thing we want to do is to reconcile our church with our fellow United Methodists who have been openly marginalized and discriminated against since the phrase “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” was added to our Book of Discipline in 1972. We hope to help our church recognize that sexual orientation does not define sin.
In addition to reconciliation with our LGBT brothers and sisters, we hope to act as a catalyst for reconciliation between members of our church family who have been hurt by the actions or attitudes of our church or members of our church family. We believe this can only be accomplished through open dialogue with each other; where all participants are committed to understanding the others viewpoints.
If your Sunday School class (or other group) is interested in learning more, representatives of RMN will be available to give you an overview which will take no more than ten to fifteen minutes of your time. Please contact Audrey Gargiullo at email@example.com if you want to establish a time when your class or group can hear the presentation.
In addition to these individual class, or group, presentations, we are making plans for the showing of the film “Incompatible with Christian teaching” by Anne P. Brown, a United Methodist minister in the Washington, D.C. area. This movie gives a very clear understanding of why those of us who are a part of the reconciling movement are trying to get this portion of our Book of Discipline changed.
The showings are being planned for sometime in January. The times and places of the showings will be published in the Source. We plan to have one showing specifically for parents and youth.
Whether you agree with or are opposed to the objectives or RMN, please think (and pray) about what God, as understood through the example of Jesus, might want us to do. Those of us associated with RMN believe that God wants us to be the beloved community described by Dr. M.L. King, Jr. because we are all reconciled through Christ.