LOAM on Inclusion
regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression
In 2020, to advance the mission of the LOAM ministry to foster understanding of the call toward full inclusion and reconciliation with the LGBTQIA+ community, the LOAM ministry affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) as a Reconciling Community, joining with over 1400 other United Methodist churches, colleges, campus ministries and other groups and over 43,000 individual UMC congregants around the world that “celebrate God’s gift of diversity and value the wholeness made possible in community equally shared and shepherded by all”, welcoming and affirming people of every gender identity, gender
expression, and sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education, and family structure, and of every economic, immigration, marital, social status, and so much more.
On the local level, the LOAM team is charged with continuing the work begun in 2019 by Faith’s Reconciling Task Force to lead the congregation through a process of discernment about becoming a reconciling congregation. To further that effort, the LOAM team encourages all members of Faith that feel the call to commit to the reconciling mission and help Faith be more reconciling and inclusive to become individual Reconciling United Methodists (RUMs). RUMs are the backbone of the reconciling movement! You can sign up as a RUM by clicking here which will ensure you receive timely email updates from RMN.
On the regional level, the LOAM team wants to make the church aware of the Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (BWARM). Organized in 2004, BWARM seeks to affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and ensure the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the ministry and life of the United Methodist Church. Made up of LGBT and straight people, BWARM members come from United Methodist churches across the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Some are members of reconciling congregations, but many are not. BWARM meets quarterly, currently via Zoom. Anyone interested in helping Faith and the greater UMC be more reconciling and
inclusive would enjoy and be inspired by these quarterly meetings. Click on the link above for more information about BWARM, the quarterly meetings and to join the BWARM email list.