FUMC is a Reconciling Congregation, open to full participation of all persons, celebrating diversity of race, gender, national origin, religious background and sexual orientation.
A Timeline of Reconciliation at First United Methodist Church of Madison
April 1991 - Rev. David Lyons preaches a sermon urging denomonation to move from condemnation and judgement to love and full acceptance of gay persons.
Mid-1990's - Gatherings held to inform congregation of denomination's position on homosexuality and propose that FUMC offer a statement of inclusion.
November 1999 - FUMC's Church Conference adopts the following statement of inclusion "Welcoming all without regard to race, gender, economic status, or sexual orientation."
November 2005 - Rev. Keith Schroerlucke writes a pastoral letter expressing pain over UMC's discrimination of LGBT persons. SPRC supports letter and reaffirms full inclusion of LGBT membership and ministry within FUMC.
Fall 2006 - FUMC's Church and Society Committee began discernment about officially affiliating with Reconciling Ministries.
2008-2009 - Reconciling Ministries team formed and Rev. Amy DeLong leads classes, book studies, meals, and film series focused on inclusion.
December 2009 - Reconciling Ministries Team offers Reconciling resolution at FUMC's Church Conference. Resolution passes by unanimous vote.
2010-2011 - Large contingent from FUMC supports Rev. DeLong in preparation and throughout church trial.
January 2014 - FUMC forms and hosts Madison Area Reconciling Group to include Trinity UMC, Bethany UMC, and Sun Prairie UMC.
March 2014 - Over 400 signatures are collected by Madison Area Reconciling Group in support of letter asking Bishop Jung not to initiate trials or defrocking of clergy who perform same-sex marriages.
Summer 2014 - FUMC members participate in discussions and Governing Board adopts "A Resolution Regarding Marriage Equality."
October 2014 - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Wisconsin. Rev. Carly Kuntz, Rev. Tina Lang, and seven other UM clergy officiate the first same-sex marriage in FUMC's sanctuary.
June 2017 – TRANSforming Faith Event: a day-long conference for Trans youth, parents, faith communities, and the public to learn, heal, and make safe space together.
August 2108 – 2nd Annual TRANSforming Faith Event featuring keynote speaker, Sarah McBride, the National Press Secretary for Human Rights Campaign. McBride was the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in American history, speaking at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Want to know more about Reconciling Ministries within the United Methodist Church? Check out Reconciling Ministries Network.