A Message from Rev. Judy Zabel, Senior Pastor of Hennepin Avenue UMC


At Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, we believe our unity is centered in our love of God and our neighbors. We believe we can be united in our mission to serve and heal a broken world. Although the UMC General Conference made a disappointing and painful decision, we are the church.

At Hennepin Avenue UMC we will continue to be a welcoming, safe, and supportive community for LGBTQIA+ people. We will continue to support the inclusion of all people in our church.

Now more than ever before, LGBTQIA+ persons and their families who have repeatedly been rejected and harmed by the church need a community that stands firmly together with them, with love, courage, and unwavering commitment to be the kind of church God envisions: a church where all people are welcome. We will continue to be that community.

I thank you for your prayers and I welcome conversation. I believe if we commit to prayerful work together, God will reveal the best steps forward so we may be found faithful in offering God’s unconditional love and grace to all.

I am humbled and honored to be one of Hennepin Avenue UMC’s pastoral leaders. May God comfort us in our pain and strengthen us for the work ahead.

In Christ’s service together,
Pastor Judy Zabel

Read Rev. Judy Zabel’s Recent Inspire Article

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Reconciling Ministries / LGBTQ

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church has been identified as a Reconciling Church since 1994. In those 22 years, there have been a lot of advancements made towards reconciliation, both within the Church and in society in general.

Statement of Welcome and Reconciliation

(revised by Committee in January 2016)
We, the members of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, take seriously the importance of an open communion table. With that sacred encounter as our vision, we claim that as a congregation we are welcoming and open to all peoples. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We celebrate all the ways that the human family of Christ lives its diversity, including marital status, sexual orientation, faith history, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, economic status, physical or mental ability, and education. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and we know that all, as beloved children of God, are worthy of God’s love and grace.  We welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of the United Methodist Church as we journey toward reconciliation in Christ.  We believe in the vision of John Wesley that we can love alike, though we may not think alike.

We proclaim this statement of welcome to all, including those who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church or in society.  As members of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, who seek to be agents of social change, we covenant to work together until all are fully embraced in our church and we live into our dedication to “Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors.”