Reconciling Statement

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST PROTESTANT COMMUNITY
UNITED METHODIST STUDENT ASSOCIATION
RECONCILING STATEMENT

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we, the American University United Methodist Protestant Community and the United Methodist Student Association, covenant to reconcile ourselves with God and all creation. We affirm God’s call to love our neighbor as ourselves by welcoming and accepting all people into our community.

As a community, we believe in a spiritual formation that recognizes that all people have their own faith journeys that have brought them from different directions and will continue to shape who they are. Because of this, we accept people as they are and support the spiritual development of all.

We commit to actively inviting people into ministry and affirming everyone’s call as beloved children made in God’s image. As a community committed to sharing the Good News of Christ with all, we commit to challenging all boundaries that veil and deny this love to marginalized people.

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 background, 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 Christian disciples through God’s love.

We covenant to ministering with all people on this campus and in the community, especially those who feel alienated from the Church. As an ecumenical and interfaith community, the United Methodist Protestant Community and United Methodist Student Association will work to reflect the full diversity of God’s image in all that we do. Because of our openness to be in ministry with all, we will be committed to forming connections with other campus groups and offices, including the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Interfaith Council, and the Academic Support and Access Center.

We will continue to reflect individually and as a group on the nature of our reconciling community, recognizing that people of good faith can disagree on many issues, and we commit to continued wrestling with complex issues. We will turn our reflections into action to create an open, loving space, mindful of how words and actions might exclude others from our fellowship, as we share this inclusive message beyond our community as well. We stand with the larger reconciling community, and strive to participate in local reconciling efforts. This community empowers God’s people to advocate for the full inclusion of all, by providing education, training, and dialogue, so that they may be a resource for our campus and beyond.

We pledge to celebrate our reconciling status with a reconciling worship service each semester, and to intentionally focus on our community’s need to continue an open dialogue on reconciling issues. Each year, a member of the student leadership will be appointed to keep the community aware of this statement and hold us accountable to it. We further commit to review this statement every three years, to ensure that all members have an opportunity to be a part of this reflection.

Adopted, May 6, 2007
Revised and re-affirmed, November 6, 2011
Revised and re-affirmed, December 7, 2014