Whether you’re looking for a safe place to worship, an inclusive liturgy or a pamphlet to use in talking to others in your congregation, there are a wealth of resources available, online and offline. You’ll find many specific resources linked below, but you should think of MIND itself as an ongoing resource for support, organizing, ideas and fellowship.
Videos, books, articles, pamphlets, Bible studies and more – these resources are available in each district office; most of them are also available online for purchase.
MIND has compiled a record of the New York Annual Conference’s positions on LGBT issues. NYAC has stood in explicit and consistent opposition to UMC policy on homosexuality for over 30 years and has regularly affirmed its call to inclusive ministry
If you’re wondering how other congregations have expressed their welcoming ministry, here’s a sampling from some of the Reconciling Congregations in NYAC.
The national Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), with which MIND is affiliated, offers a process through which churches can declare themselves “Reconciling Congregations.” After congregation-wide discernment and discussion, churches adopt a statement that explicitly welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This serves as a beacon to LGBT people looking for a safe haven in a hostile, homophobic church world. An overview of the process is here. In NYAC, MIND is there to help local congregations design and move through their own individual processes.
Trying to figure out what to do next in your congregation’s ministry to welcome LGBT and fight homophobia? Here’s a few suggestions to jump start your next brainstorming session.
MIND is lucky to have many wonderful and prophetic preachers and teachers in its midst. Here’s a collection (small but growing) of sermons on LGBT issues.
The liturgy, prayers, and hymns included in the service play a crucial role in creating a welcoming church community. Here are a few resources for creative and spirit-filled worship.
Too many of us have heard too often that the Bible condemns homosexuality. We know that it doesn’t but we may not know how to talk about the verses that others believe prove that it does. Here are a few resources for those of us who are not historians or theologians.
Growing out of the successful November 2010 My Brother’s Keeper: People of Faith Confron Hate Crimes symposium, the organizing team has put together a video and study guide designed for local congregations who want to deepen their own awareness and witness. You can order the the packet here, and also download all the resources researched and created to the event.