WE DECLARE FULL INCLUSION FOR OUR CONGREGATIONS
It is time that the voice of the laity be heard!
We, the church councils of Davis, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Placerville Federated and St Marks United Methodist Churches (all in the vicinity of Sacramento, CA) invite you to join with us in creating a groundswell of United Methodist laity who are declaring that there are United Methodist Churches who will offer the services and facilities of their church to all regardless of sexual orientation.
We must unshackle ourselves from rules reflecting the cultures where same sex marriages are forbidden. We can no longer, in good conscience, deny use of our property to our members and friends at the precious time of marriage requiring them to go somewhere else other than a United Methodist Church to receive ministry.
We have crafted a “Declaration of Inclusion”.
To obtain a PDF file of the declaration click here
As of March 9, 2014, 47 churches have adopted the declaration.
To view the list of churches click: Declaration of Inclusion Churches
Press coverage of the Declaration of Inclusion
We hope you will review this declaration and propose its adoption by the governing body of your church. If your church adopts the declaration or if you have questions contact Vicki Gaugler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-761-2534, who is our contact person for all communications. Also, members of our Church/Administrative Councils are available to meet with other interested Councils, contact Vicki to arrange a meeting/phone call. If you see any press coverage not listed above please send the link to Vicki and it will be added to the list.
We are having a press conference on March 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Elk Grove UMC, 8986 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove 95624 to present our declaration to the public. We would like to include your congregation even if you are only in the exploratory phase. We also look forward to having a resolution/action ready to present at our, California-Nevada, Annual Conference in June and hope you may consider similar action for your conference.