First United Methodist Church of Carbondale, Illinois
Statement of Purpose
We, as members of FUMCNext Carbondale of First United Methodist Church of Carbondale, Illinois, commit to the UMCNext and IGRC for Unity commitments, as follows:
- We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.
- We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves,* and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.
- We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.
- We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together in our local church.
*From the Baptismal Covenant of The United Methodist Church
The following individuals have expressed their support of this Statement of Purpose. If you wish to have your name added to this list, submit it on this page.
Lisa Washburn Owens
Mary Beth Aguilar
Beth (Gallegly) Fender
Janet M. Vaught
Della J. Fulk
Jo Vonna Noble
Mari Ann Oberg