Our Relationship with the United Methodist Church
On June 26, 2022, our congregation voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church.
We entered into this process in response to legislation enacted in February 2019 which upheld discriminatory language banning LGBTIA+ persons from serving in the United Methodist Church, and prohibiting pastors from officiating at same sex weddings. This legislation was the culmination of 50 years of discriminatory practices which began with the adoption of the phrase, "we do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching."
See this article from the Andover Townsman that details our meeting and vote.
One of the biggest hurdles for our small church to overcome is raising approximately $55,000 to pay our conference. Please visit our donations page or mail a check to support our UMC Disaffiliation Fund. We are asking our wider community and all people and organizations who advocate for LGBTQIA+ justice and equality to help us in this effort.