In 2014, Missouri (MO) Conference United Methodists came together and joined with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) to educate and create awareness around the discriminatory language in The Book of Discipline concerning LGBTQIA+ persons. This group includes UMC members from across the MO Conference and has been active participating in process coach training through RMN, setting up a booth at Annual Conference, hosting educational opportunities at the local church level, having a presence at St. Louis Pridefest, working to grow RMN membership and offering resources to congregations and/or small groups beginning the LGBTQIA+ conversations within their own churches. Now, the group is focused on reaching as many MO Conference United Methodists with its message of full inclusion within the UMC.
To influence policies as well as plan and implement programs that ‘draw the circle wide’ to welcome, affirm and celebrate people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Ultimately, our mission is to afford all who identify as people of the LGBTQIA+ community with equal rights and respect as all who live their Christian faith as United Methodists.