ALL ARE WELCOME AT HENNEPIN AVENUE UMC


Statement of Welcome and Reconciliation

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.” (revised by Committee in January 2016)



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

When the 2020 General Conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were grateful that protecting the health and safety of everyone involved was made top priority. At the same time, we were disappointed to have to wait even longer to find a loving and just way forward for the United Methodist Church.

The General Conference has been rescheduled for August 29–September 7, 2021, and will be held here in Minneapolis. Legislative proposals that were ready for consideration at the (now postponed) May 2020 General Conference will be considered at the rescheduled General Conference. Below is an explanation of some of the key proposals and what they might mean for Hennepin and for the larger United Methodist Church.

God is doing a new thing among us!  This proposal is gaining support across the theological spectrum.  Pray for our delegates to General Conference as they make these decisions.  Pray for congregations across the whole UMC global connection as each one discerns their way forward.

Let’s keep our hearts and minds open to the Spirit of God. God is stirring and shaking up business as usual and that can create anxiety.  God is with us always. Do not be afraid. Let’s move forward with a holy curiosity. God is making all things new.

In Christ’s service together,

Pastor Judy Zabel




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According to a study by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in the Americas, trans women of color have a life expectancy of 30-35 years of age. In the United States, cisgender people have a life expectancy of around 78. This horrifying statistic is just one example of why standing with all those in the trans community is essential to their survival.
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Let’s ensure that everyone’s voices are heard and represented! This includes trans people of color, trans people who identify outside the gender binary, and trans people with disabilities. Making sure that trans people from all walks of life have access to a safe and loving community is so important because it’s often trans folk with intersecting minority identities who face the bulk of the violence perpetrated towards the trans community.
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At Hennepin Avenue UMC, we believe that Jesus was anti-racist. In order to live in the love of God, and to love as Jesus taught us, it is our moral obligation to face our community’s prejudices and learn to Love Everyone, and Become Anti-racist. Will you learn with us?


Celebrating Bisexual Visibility Day!
We see you. We celebrate you. You are made in the image of God.
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Visibility and representation are particularly important for bi+ communities (including those who are pan, omnisexual, biromantic, to name a few) as their experiences and identities are often denied by and erased from both LGBTQIA+ and heteronormative spaces. Bi+ people can also face biphobia from both these groups.
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Visibility can help people feel seen, included, valued, and able to be their authentic selves. We want you to know that ALL are welcome at Hennepin. How can we welcome you and help you be seen and valued?
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To learn more about the challenges the bisexual community faces and the importance of its inclusion and acceptance, visit the Stonewall website here: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/…/why-do-we-need-bi…

WE BELIEVE that our transgender siblings are not only acceptable but wonderful children of God.
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WE READ throughout Scripture a large number of affirming passages for trans and gender non-conforming people. We find righteous women warriors–a wonderful passage in Isaiah about Eunuchs being given a name and a family–Jesus’ words of affirmation towards Eunuchs–the man carrying a jar of water in the Passion narrative–the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts–and much more. There is ample evidence that people who don’t conform to gender norms are not only accepted but celebrated throughout the Scriptures. So that is where we will start, we will not condemn you.
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WE HEAR your voice as you use it; your ideas as you express them; your stories as you tell them, as they are real to you; your critique when we can do better.
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WE SAY your name how you say it; your pronoun(s) how you say them. You are Beautiful, you are Loved; we will tell people so. We will defend you when people say otherwise.
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WE SEE beautiful, whole, unique children beloved by God.
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We see you. We hear you. We support you. We love you.
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All are welcome at Hennepin.

“Imagine what 7 billion humans could accomplish if we all loved and respected each other. Imagine.” –A. D. Williams
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All are welcome at Hennepin! These are historic times for United Methodists as we continue the work for full inclusion in the larger UMC.
To learn more about how you can join us in the work (and, as a member, the vote) for full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ in the UMC, please visit:
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Did you know that Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church has 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. Here is our statement:
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STATEMENT OF WELCOME AND RECONCILIATION
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.
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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.
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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 our founder John Wesley that we can love alike, though we may not think alike.
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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.”

 
 
 

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.”