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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. 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 postponed until August 29 through September 6, 2022, and will be held here in Minneapolis. 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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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.”