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Metropolitan is proud to be a reconciling congregation that welcomes the participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered persons and their families and advocates for their full inclusion in the church and society.

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church affirms that all individuals are of sacred worth without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, education, marital circumstances, economic status, physical and mental condition, or criminal history. We declare ourselves in support of the reconciling movement and welcome the full participation in the church of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered persons and their families, as a reflection of God’s unconditional love. At the same time, we recognize differences of opinion on issues of sexuality and seek to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.  

Catching Fire: A Concert for Inclusion and Equality

With Special Guest, Rev. Frank Shaefer

Friday, October 17, 8pm, Sanctuary I Pre-Concert Reception*, 6:30pm, Great Hall
On Friday, October 17, Metropolitan Church will host a very special evening bringing together exceptional musicians, inspirational leaders and an engaged community of activists. Proceeds from this unique event will benefit the Reconciling Ministries Network, the national organization that mobilizes United Methodists and their congregations to affirm and advance full inclusion of LBGTQ persons in all facets of congregational and denominational life. The concert organizing committee is a collaboration of members of Metropolitan and Foundry churches, and the event is being sponsored by a growing list of United Methodist congregations in the area.

Dr. Eileen Guenther, professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary, and an internationally renowned organ recitalist, will serve as artistic director of the event. Music of social justice will be the focus of the concert, performed by Tenor, Robert Baker; Soprano, Millicent Scarlett; The Rock Creek Singers ensemble from The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (Thea Kano, Director); and The Friends of Charles Wesley Choir (Eileen Guenther, Director). The grand finale will bring all the singers together, joined by singers from the sponsoring churches.
The Catching Fire Concert organizers are pleased to welcome the Reverend Frank Schaefer as our special guest for the evening. Rev. Schaefer’s poise during his highly visible church trial, defrocking and reinstatement has inspired and galvanized United Methodists across the nation and focused unprecedented national media attention on the struggle for full inclusion of LGBTQ people within the denomination. Rev. Schaefer will be available to sign copies of his book, Defrocked: How a Father’s Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church, at a pre-concert reception in the Great Hall.

Mark your calendars and plan to take part in this unique celebration of music, spirit, activism and inclusion. Help ignite the flame of justice through your support! Here’s how:

  • Purchase concert tickets: $50/Preferred Seating; $25/General Admission; $20/Student; $10/Book Signing and Reception. Tickets can be purchased in advance at rmnetwork.org/catchingfire.
  • Please consider an additional donation at one of the following levels: Patron: $50-$249/Patron; $250-499/Benefactor; $500-999/Sustainer; $1,000 - 2,500/Sponsor

We hope to see you there!
*Tickets for reception and book signing are available only at the door and on a first-come basis.

Get Involved

  • Join the reconciling team. This team works to welcome and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons into our congregational life. Members of the team also work to advocate for their full inclusion in the church and in the broader society. Metropolitan’s reconciling team is also involved with the Baltimore/Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (BWARM) which works to encourage dialogue and education about LGBT issues, increase the number of reconciling congregations, and stand in solidarity with all who have been excluded or marginalized by the Church.
  • Show your support. Each year since becoming a Reconciling Congregation, Metropolitan has taken part in the Washington area’s Pride events and marched in the pride parade. All are welcome to participate in this act of witness.

Get Connected

To learn more about reconciling activities or join the team, contact Kerm Towler.