PACE STATEMENT ON THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
PACE is disappointed in the recent decision of the United Methodist Church to severely strengthen its ban on gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriages. We look forward to the day when the UMC’s promise of “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.” becomes a reality and not just a slogan. We understand that that day is already here for so many in the church, and PACE appreciates those clergy and members who understand that there is no welcome for LGBT people in a church or denomination that puts barriers on their ability to fully participate and serve. In response to the UMC decision, PACE will conduct a survey among area houses of worship regarding their local and denominational policies on LGBT people, so we can inform our members as to where they and their families will be truly welcome.
Several area churches will have information tables at our upcoming annual “Pride in the Park” family festival on April 13, from 11 am to 4 pm, at Betty Virginia Park. Find out more about Pride in the Park on Facebook or on our website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2063681400393730/