This statement of apology, welcome, and love will be run in Saturday’s edition of the Gainesville Sun.

This statement of apology, welcome, and love will be run in Saturday’s edition of the Gainesville Sun.

LITANY OF CONVICTION

To the decisions made at General Conference that demean and devalue our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.
We dissent.

In the midst of this turmoil and pain, this church says to each of you,
Welcome Home.

Whether you are long-time Methodist, first-time Methodist or not a Methodist, we say to each of you,
Welcome Home.

Those of every age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic condition, family structure and physical or mental ability, we say to each of you,
Welcome Home.

If you are just getting to know God, have known God your whole life or your relationship is complicated, 
Welcome Home.

Do not leave this room today without hearing these words,
God’s doors are open to all.

In this place, First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, FL, may each of us proclaim with the words of our lips and the actions of our lives,
God’s doors are open to all!