The National Association of Deaconesses, Home Missioners, and Home Missionaries (an independent membership organization of United Methodist Deaconesses, Home Missioners, and Home Missionaries) met in a called meeting in accordance with its bylaws on February 4th, 2020, and considered resolutions as a community.
In this called session, the organization approved a statement as follows:
We are disciples of Jesus Christ, who are Deaconesses, Home Missioners, and Home Missionaries – an inclusive, covenantal community with a mandate to:
- Alleviate suffering;
- Eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth;
- Facilitate the development of full human potential; and
- Share in building global community through the church universal. (2016 Book of Discipline, Par. 1913.2)
The National Association of Deaconesses, Home Missioners, and Home Missionaries celebrates God’s intentional and beautifully diverse human family and welcomes into membership, full participation, and leadership persons of all ages, races, ethnicities, family structure, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, economic background, political affiliation, physical and/or mental ability, faith history, and life experience. As a community, we commit ourselves to relationships, professional and ministry standards, and public witness that model for our church and world the equality, justice, and unconditional love that Jesus modeled throughout the gospels.
We are faithfully called to live into our mandate and values statement. We resist the Traditional Plan, and work towards its removal from the Book of Discipline. We are pleased to align ourselves with many other groups within The United Methodist Church that are actively resisting the implementation of the Traditional Plan and any other plan that harms LGBTQ people and all marginalized communities.
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John Peterson, NADHM Communications Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org