Reconciling Statement


United Methodist Wesley Foundation of The University of Minnesota Twin Cities

RECONCILING STATEMENT

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We, the United Methodist Wesley Foundation of The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus Ministry, affirm ourselves to be a reconciling organization. We enforce the notion that in order to have true community, discipleship, and service-oriented sense of justice; we must be welcoming of all people. Community is one of the most essential aspects of the church. In order to form a strong community, all who are called to participate must be welcomed with open arms.

It is the Creator’s business to call people into any position of this community and not the right of any of God’s creation to deny any other member of that divine calling. In order to find ourselves as a community of faith, we must be bonded together like a rock, or else disintegrate like the separated granules of sand. The U of M Wesley Foundation is thus dedicated to a non-discriminatory community that accepts all people, embracing diversity in all forms.

The discipleship of the Wesley Foundation is centered around a process of respective understanding and growth. This discipleship is one that we invited all people to participate in.  Together, we will investigate the personal relationships of a person with their faith, and the love, compassion, and acceptance that is required for such an exploration. We believe God’s love is welcoming to all people and that discipleship is not ever meant to be a tool for intolerance or exclusion, but rather development and attachment. We carry these concepts one step further by actively participating in Jesus’ call to service and social justice.

We work towards a principle of radical hospitality. Our duty is to reconcile the church with humanity by creating a world of love, peace, equality, and generosity. By grace and by deed, we intend to generate an organization that has the strength, enthusiasm, and resource to create significant benefit for the communities around us and beyond us. We are a community of love and grace, open to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, races and ethnicities, differing abilities, diverse economic levels, ages, and personal backgrounds, whether they be students, faculty, staff, community members, or visitors.  We welcome all people and commit to be a community in which differences, whether in theology, ideology, political affiliation, academic interests, ministerial gifts, or spiritual callings, can form a community of discipleship and service.

SUMMARIZED VERSION

We, the United Methodist Wesley Foundation of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus Ministry, affirm ourselves to be a reconciling organization. We enforce the notion that in order to have true community, discipleship, and service-oriented sense of justice, we must be welcoming of all people. The U of M Wesley Foundation is thus dedicated to a non-discriminatory community that accepts everyone, embracing diversity in all forms. We believe God’s love is welcoming to all people and that discipleship is not meant to be a tool for intolerance or exclusion, but rather development and attachment. We work towards a principle of radical hospitality. We are a community of love and grace, open to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, races and ethnicities, differing abilities, diverse economic levels, ages, and personal backgrounds, whether they be students, faculty, staff, community members, or visitors.

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