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Reconciling Community

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

Purchase your tickets here.

The Marriage Equality Task Force invites you to an evening of exceptional musicians, inspirational leaders and an engaged community of activists. Directed by Dr. Eileen Guenther, professor of church music at Wesley Theological Seminary, and internationally renowned organ recitalist, the concert will feature performances by: Robert Baker, Tenor; Millicent Scarlett, Soprano; 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). In addition, Rev. Frank Schaefer will be signing copies of his book, Defrocked: How a Father’s Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church, at a pre-concert reception. Proceeds benefit the Reconciling Ministries Network. The Concert is co-sponsored by BWARM and several area Reconciling Congregations, including Metropolitan. 

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

Purchase your tickets here. *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.