LGBTQ inclusion

The material and links on this page were designed to be used as an internal resource for our Social Justice team. The content on this page and its sub-pages do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire congregation, nor does it always reflect the stance taken by the United Methodist Church as a whole. We are a church that strives to accept everyone, regardless of social, economic, and political beliefs.

logo of the Reconciling Ministries NetworkGod’s children have the right to their dignity, a life of love, and the respect of their brothers and sisters. God loves us as we are, and the policies and practices of our institutions—including our faith communities—must reflect that radical, embracing agapé.

At Newark United Methodist Church, we believe that we are all God’s beloved children. We welcome everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, physical and mental ability, or religious affiliation.

The Book of Discipline—which serves as the rule book for Methodists—contains conflicting statements about homosexuality. Its Social Principles call for equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, with the acknowledgement that certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. Yet self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be ordained because the Book of Discipline states “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” A clergy member also may be tried in the church’s judicial courts for conducting homosexual unions or for performing same-sex wedding ceremonies.

These rules and trials have resulted in the defrocking of clergy members. Some have simply left the denomination to serve in churches that are more open to all, but others have fought for what they believe to be a necessary change in the official Methodist position in response to God’s inclusive love.

No one really knows how many LGBTQ persons have left our Methodist denomination because of this discrimination. We firmly believe that these discriminatory policies must end.

Note: Links below take you off-site.

Action groups

Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN)
RMN is mobilizing United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. Congregations and individuals are invited to become a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. Also check out the Facebook page for RMN in the Peninsula-Delaware conference of The United Methodist Church. Newark United Methodist Church’s LGBTQ Inclusion Team is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

Delaware Pride
An all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Delaware Pride works to produce social and educational events for the Delaware LGBT community.

Supportive resources

University of Delaware LGBT Allies
This LGBT Allies’ page has several good links to resources at UD, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and the national level.

University of Delaware Haven
This UD student group site provides more contact info for resources (local, Delaware, and national). It lists NUMC is listed as a gay-friendly community.

University of Delaware Wesley Foundation
The NUMC-housed Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry is a Reconciling Ministry for college students.

Methodists in New Directions (MIND)
MIND is a grassroots organization working to end our denomination’s doctrinal prejudice and institutional discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.