Gun Violence Prevention
Responding to the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church Resolution #3428 “Our Call to End Gun Violence” and following the lead of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and national groups such as Faiths United, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, National UMC formed a gun violence prevention (GVP) group.
GVP Group Vision Statement:
"A Nation Beyond Gun Violence"
GVP Group Mission Statement:
To educate about the causes and implications of gun violence and
To advocate for laws that reduce gun violence to promote public health and public safety.
Our agenda items are:
We support universal background checks for all gun purchases.
We support a requirement that all guns be sold through licensed gun retailers.
We support a ban on straw purchases, the act of buying a gun on behalf of someone else.
We support a ban on sales to civilians of military assault type weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
We support the repeal of the Dickey Amendment which prohibits federal research on gun violence.
As we explore actionable steps to address the complicated problem of gun violence, we need many voices....young and old, gun owners and non-gun owners, victims and survivors. If interested, please contact Lois Weaver.
We Are a Reconciling Congregation
National UMC is proud to be a reconciling congregation that welcomes the participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender persons and their families and advocates for their full inclusion in the church and society.
National UMC 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 transgender persons and their families, as a reflection of God’s unconditional love. We recognize that there are differences of opinion on issues of sexuality, and seek to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.
Our team works to welcome and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender 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. National’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, National UMC has taken part in the Washington area’s Pride events and marched in the annual Pride Parade. All are welcome to participate in this act of witness.
To learn more about reconciling activities or join the team, contact Kerm Towler.
One of the hallmark features of our congregation is a passion for justice and a commitment to act. The recent national and international focus on immigration has made us aware of the need to be vocal in our opposition to anything that fails to welcome a stranger and support for making all immigrants feel welcomed.
On Sunday, February 19, 2017, well over 70 congregation members gathered after worship to begin exploring this sense of call. We followed up on that meeting throughout March, as we engaged in a five-week Food for Thought series on Wednesday evenings, open to all members of our congregation and visitors, to explore immigration and refugee issues, related legal issues, and the concept of “sanctuary.”
Washington Interfaith Network
National UMC is proud to be a leader in the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith, strictly non-partisan, District-wide citizens’ power organization, rooted in local congregations and associations. WIN is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders, to addressing community issues, and to holding elected and corporate officials accountable in Washington, DC. WIN’s 48 dues-paying members represent 25,000 families in every section of the District and reflect its theological, racial, geographic, and economic diversity.
WIN seeks to create long-term power through a broad and united front of organized institutions, organized people, and organized money–acting consistently and persistently for change on multiple issues at the neighborhood, regional, national, and city-wide levels. WIN engages leaders across the divides of race, culture, income, faith, and neighborhood in order to initiate public action on their issues (e.g. affordable housing, public safety, youth, etc.) and to partner with and hold the government and corporate sectors accountable for addressing these issues.