Open Letter

 

The United Methodist Church’s official teaching is that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching while at the same time God’s grace is available to all. We have church laws in place forbidding clergy from performing same gender weddings and forbidding non-celibate LGBTQ clergy from being ordained. Nevertheless, there are many United Methodist clergy and laity who are not in agreement with our church’s current rules and teachings. Our denomination allows for open discussion of ideas, dissent, and has a process for creating change in our rules. Our denomination’s top legislative body (General Conference) is the only entity that can speak on behalf of the denomination, yet we know many faithful United Methodist Christians wish to see a church fully inclusive of the LGBTQ community. We respectfully and humbly argue that United Methodists are not of one mind in our understanding of human sexuality and LGBTQ persons. Through our engagement with scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, we have come to affirm the rights and dignity of all persons regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We celebrate the freedoms coming to the LGBTQ community in Missouri and we pledge our love, affirmation and equal treatment to all persons. We do so as we continue to pray and work for a fully inclusive United Methodist Church.

As Missouri United Methodists, we are working to change the hurtful language in The Book of Discipline that condemns LGBTQ persons who want to serve fully in the life of the United Methodist church despite their sexual orientations and/or gender identities. This site is a collection point of feelings, ideas, testimonies and resources to forward this mission.

In addition, Reconciling Ministries is encouraging a letter writing campaign on a national level, as well as gathering personal stories of support for the LGBTQ Community.  Please click on the link below to review the Reconciling Ministries "It's Time" campaign, and lend your support for the LGBTQ Community in the United Methodist Church.  Reconciling Ministries 'It's Time' Campaign

Please sign Open Letter by completing the form to the right.   

It’s Time to welcome and celebrate everyone who comes to The UMC. 

 

Supporters of the LGBT Community within the Missouri Conference

Clergy (33)

Name Location Church
Beth Elders Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Brenda Becker Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Catherine Bryant Wappapello, MO LWUMC
Chelsey Hillyer St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Daniel Shanks Wildwood, MO Living Word UMC
Dean Wilson Chesterfield , MO Manchester
Debra Peebles Fenton, MO Fenton UMC
Diana Hagewood Smith Springfield, MO Grace UMC
Diane Kenaston University City, MO University UMC
Diane Nunnelee Nixa, MO Retired
Erik Corley Creve Coeur , MO
Greg Weeks Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
James West Columbia, MO Incapacity leave
Janet Hoyland Kansas City, MO Keystone UMC
Jennifer Finley Kirksville, MO First UMC
Kathleen Wilder St. Louis , MO Lafayette Park and Centenary UMC
Katrina Drew St. Louis , MO Centenary UMC
Laura Patterson Fredericktown, MO Fredericktown UMC
Lora Cunningham Versailles, MO Versailles/Glensted UMC
Marilyn Niemeyer Urich, MO Lucas UMC
Meg Hegemann Columbia, MO Wilkes Blvd UMC
Melissa Bailey-Kirk Springfield, MO
Nancye Dunlap Fenton, MO Manchester UMC
Nick Nicholas Manchester , MO Manchester UMC
Phil Estes Augusta, MO Manchester UMC
Roger Jespersen Cape Girardeau, MO Unaffiliated
Rolando Quiroz Gray Summit, MO Gray Summit/Labadie
Scott Moon Maryville, MO
Sharon Kichline Webster Groves, MO First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves
Stephanie Lendt Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Suzanne Nicholson Chesterfield, MO The Gathering
Tiffany Winter DeGraaf-Hamilton Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Tom Poe Kansas City, MO Trinity UMC

Laity (261)

Name Location Church
Adam Manders Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Adrienne Strong St. Louis, MO University UMC
Amanda Caruso-Yahne Kansas City, MO Trinity UMC
Amanda Hughes Chesterfield, MO Green Trails UMC
Amelia Lewis-Allen Columbia, MO Missouri United Methodist
Ann Webb Camp Ladue, MO Salem United Methodist Church in Ladue
Ann Mehan St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Anna Walker Kansas City, MO Red Bridge UMC
Anna Schwind Webster Groves, MO First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves
Anthony Larson Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Anthony A G Angel St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Antonia Micrli St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Ashley Hobson Kansas City, MO Keystone UMC
Barb Warmbrodt Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
Barbara Robinson Columbia, MO Missouri UMC
Barbara Barrett Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Barbara Smith Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Barbara Zenser Manchester, MO ManchesterUnited Methodist
Barbara Vendt Manchester, MO Manchester United Methodist Church
Becky Capps St. Louis , MO Union UMC-St Louis
Becky Day Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Betsy Lay Denver, CO
Betty Taylor St. Louis , MO Union United Methodist
Bev Sloop Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Bill Byrd St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Bill Borger Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Bill Fenlon St. Louis, MO Green Trails UMC
Bill Parker Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Bill Crocker Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Bill Miller Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Blaine Proctor Kansas City, MO Trinity United Methodist Church
Bob Klebe Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Bonnie Muren University City, MO University UMC
Breanne Fencl Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Brenda Deertz St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Brenda Odell Independence, MO Northern Blvd UMC
Brian Legate Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Caitlin Essmyer Milan, MO Milan UMC
Carol Fuchs St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Carole Fitzgerald St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Carolyn Redmore Webster Groves, MO Webster Groves First U. Methodist
Carolyn Green St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Carrie Dodson-Ching University City, MO University UMC
Carrie Wing Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Cathryn Sakiyama Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Cathy Vierse St. Louis, MO
Charles Lawrence St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Charlotte Ellis St. Louis, MO University UMC
Charlotte Miller Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Chessey Brenton Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Chloe Descher Wildwood, MO Manchester UMC
Chris Finley St Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Chris Reeves St Louis, MO Union UMC
Christina Vogel Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Cindy White Poplar Bluff, MO First United Methodist
Cody Dey St. Louis, MO Manchester UMC
Connie Kroenung Webster Groves, MO First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves
Connor Kenaston Columbia, MO Wilkes Blvd UMC
Cynthia Berchulc Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Cynthia Zirwes University City, MO University UMC
Dan Barrett St. Louis, MO University UMC
Dave Warmbrodt Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
David Pate Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Dawne Schumer Salem, MO Salem United Methodist Church
Dean Schumacher St. Louis, MO Manchester UMC
Deborah McWard Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Deborah Reinhardt Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Debra Irving Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Debra Crowe St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Dee Dee Emry Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Denise Bertrand Wildwood, MO Living Word
Diane Willbanks St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Dianne Kraemer St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Donn Harrison Cameron, MO Cameron UMC
Donna Reinhardt St. Louis, MO Webster Hills UMC
Donna Wellmon St. Louis, MO University UMC
Doug Nelson Kansas City, MO McMurry UMC
E. Ann Garber Manchester , MO Manchester UMC
Edna Smith Springfield, MO Campbell United Methodist
Elise Wolf Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Eric Deertz Saint Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Fern Burnett Manchester, MO Manchester United Methodist Church
Fran Curry Independence, MO Northern Blvd UMC
Gareld Butler Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Gene Ott St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Greg Snyder Fenton, MO Manchester UMC
Gregory Allen St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Hayden Vaughn Springfield, MO Lamar United Methodist Church
Henry Ohanian St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Herb Walker Wildwood, MO Manchester UMC
James Belval Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
James Cannon St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
James Descher Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
James W. Pace, III St. Louis, MO University UMC
Jamie Block Magnolia, TX Magnolia United Methodist Church
Jan MacDonald St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Jan McCurley St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Janet Grant Manchester , MO Manchester UMC
Janna Thomason Liberty, MO Liberty UMC
Jeff Krogen Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Jennifer White Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Jerri Stroud Webster Groves, MO First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves
Jessica Smith St. Louis, mo 63102, MO Centenary UMC
Jil Daw University City, MO University UMC
Jill Krogen Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Jim Murphy St. Louis, MO First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves
Jim Dunlap Fenton, MO Manchester UMC
Joan Fritz Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Joanna Cannon Saint Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Joanne Descher Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Joanne Seitzinger-Motley Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Jody Woodward Chesterfield, MO Green Trails UMC
Joe Kingsbury Columbia, MO Woodcrest
Joel Emery St. Louis, MO University UMC
John Patterson San Antonio, TX Travis Park UMC
John Durnell St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
John Barrett University City, MO University UMC
John Brocato Hazelwood, MO St. Andrew UMC
John Heskett Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Jon Copeland St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park
Jordan Ault Glendale, MO Union UMC
Joseph Campbell St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Joy Parisien Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Joyce King University City, MO University UMC
Joyce Mercer Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Julianne Fels Chesterfield, MO Green Trails UMC
Julie Christiansen St. Louis, MO Mount Zion
June Van Klaveren Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Kara Krawat Saint Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Karen Greening St. Louis, MO University UMC
Karen Mariani Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Karen Manders Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Karen Daily Rolla, MO FUMC Rolla
Kari Peterson Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Kay Bock University City, MO University UMC
Kem Mogannam Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
Kenneth Pruitt Saint Louis, MO Webster Hills UMC
Kent Martin Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Kevin Carnahan Columbia, MO Community UMC
Kevin Sillery St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Kevin McBeth Manchester, MO Manchester United Methodist
Kevin Manion Saint Louis, MO
Kris Nelson Kansas City, MO McMurry UMC
Kristin Scott Independence , MO Independence First United Methodist Church
Kurt Schwind Webster Groves, MO First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves
Kyle Gunby Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Larry Heugatter St Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Larry Van Klaveren Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Laurens Burchardt Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Laurie Underwood Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Leona Dunsmoor Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Linda Ling New Braunfel, TX Gruene UMC
Linda Horodenski Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Lindsay Moody St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Lisa Spahr Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Lisabeth Heman Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Lois Hendrickson Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Lonnie Burchardt Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Lori Borger Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Lori Flaherty-Estes Augusta, MO Manchester UMC
Lynn Pate Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Lynne Weinzettel St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Lynne Keay St Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Maddie Mullen Wildwood, MO Manchester UMC
Margaret Mahan Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Margaret Briscoe Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Mariah Kralemann Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
Mark Gunby Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Mark McRoberts Malta Bend, MO Malta Bend UMC
Marsha Clark Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Martha Boelter St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Mary Blackwell Webster Groves, MO First UMC of Webster Groves
Mary "Beth" Anderson Webster Groves, MO First UMC, Webster Groves
Marybeth Gee Jefferson City, MO First UMC
Marzell Allen Columbia, MO Missouri United Methodist
Matthew Winkel Highlands Ranch, CO St. Andrew UMC
Maureen Jordan Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Maurice Parisien Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Michael Owens St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Michael Weinzettel St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Michael Grant Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Molly Parisien Kansas City, MO Manchester UMC
Molly Flanagan St. Louis, MO Webster Hills UMC
Monica Brown Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Nancy Lynn Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
Nancy Jones Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Nancy Thuer Saint Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Nancy Van Dillan St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Nancy Ebersoldt Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Nancy Miller Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Nathan Anderson Kansas City, MO Revolution UMC
Neil Ebersoldt Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Nelda Wiley Kansas City, MO McMurry United Methodist Church
Nicole Aldrich University City, MO University UMC
Nicole Knepper St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Olivia Lewis Columbia, MO Missouri United Methodist
Pamela Jacobsen St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Pat Starke Lee's Summit, MO Woods Chapel UMC
Patricia Busch Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
Paula Brookshier St. Louis, MO First UMC of Webster Groves
Penny Klebe Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Phillip Kuhlman Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Rachael Powell St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Randy Odell Independence, MO Northern Blvd UMC
Ray Lembke Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
Rebecca Lahann Kansas City, MO Keystone (Broadway) UMC
Rebecca Mueller St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Rebecca Williamson Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Renee Taylor St. Louis, MO The Gathering UMC
Richard Eaton St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Richard Wymore St. Louis, MO University UMC
Richard Wolf Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Robert Horine St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Robert Leis Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Robert Spahr Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Robin Wolf Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Robin Caruthers Chesterfield , MO Green Trails UMC
Roger Jenkins St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Roger McCurley St Louis, MO Union UMC
Rosemary Wilder Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Roy Robinson Columbia, MO Missouri UMC
Sammie Vallero O'Fallon , MO Cornerstone UMC
Sandra Faber Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Sarah Breland Manchester , MO Manchester UMC
Sarah Booth Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Sarah Crocker Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Sarah Martin-Anderson Kansas City, MO Revolution UMC
Sharon Domke Saint Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Sharron Rohn Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Shelley Propst University City, MO Grace UMC
Shelley Propst St. Louis, MO Grace UMC
Sofie Alexander Kansas City, MO Revolution UMC
Stacy Brown Braeske University City, MO University UMC
Stephanie Hull Moberly, MO Trinity UMC
Steve Havera University City, MO
Sue Belval Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Sue Washburn Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Sue Meyers St. Louis, MO Lafayette Park UMC
Sue Luttrell Edgerton, KS Edgerton UMC
Sue Pyles Ballwin, MO Manchester UMC
Susan March Columbia, MO Wilkes Blvd UMC
Susan Hamra Clayton, MO University UMC
Susan Luke University City, MO University UMC
Susan Fields Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Susan Rothschild St. Louis, MO Grace United Methodist Church
Tad H Mathews St. Louis. , MO Lafayette Park UMC
Terry Zenser Manchester, MO ManchesterUnited Methodist
Theresa Stuart St. Louis, MO Union UMC
Thomas Mitchell St. Louis, MO University UMC
Thomas Snider University City , MO University UMC
Tom Hall Chesterfield, MO Manchester UMC
Tracy Jones Kansas City, MO Keystone & Revolution UMCs
Travis Scott Independence, MO
Trish Gunby Manchester, MO Manchester UMC
Verne Smith St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Virginia Harris St. Peters , MO
Whitney MIller Kansas City, MO Country Club UMC
William Powell St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
William Stoker Overland Park, KS Lenexa United Methodist Church
William G. Shaffer St. Louis, MO Centenary UMC
Zack Busch Manchester, MO Manchester UMC