#1 – What IS “Reconciling Ministries”?
Have you been hearing or reading the phrase “Reconciling Ministries” and wondering what it’s all about? “Reconciling” churches are United Methodist congregations where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are celebrated and welcomed. To become a “Reconciling Church,” a congregation votes to adopt a statement of affirmation and affiliates with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). It is an external way to serve as witnesses to the world of God’s affirmation of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Over 1,000 United Methodist communities have gone through the Reconciling process, including Centenary UMC, Kirkwood UMC, University UMC, Webster UMC, and our own Administrative Council here at Maplewood UMC. 
To learn more, there will be a Reconciling Ministry Conversation on Saturday, March 14 @ 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall facilitated by Steve Wall-Smith. All are invited. You can also reach out at any time to members of the Reconciling Ministries Committee, including Colette Cummings, Sue Harrington, Jan Harsh, Charlotte Phelps, Mike Plonka, Julia Schaffner, Courtney Stotler, Suzanne Thompson, Dave Vierse, and Lis Wall-Smith. Additional information can be found onlin