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Letter: Churches welcome inclusion

By April Hall, Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church; Don Shipley, Camas United Methodist Church; JoAnn Schaadt, Ridgefield United Methodist Church; Bruce Smith, First United Methodist Church, Vancouver; Sue Ostrom, Mill Plain United Methodist Church, Vancouver; Jessica Connor, Orchards United Methodist Church, Vancouver; Kim Poer, Salmon Creek United Methodist Church, Vancouver; Byron Harris, Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church; Leslie Moreno, Washougal United Methodist Church
Published: May 14, 2024, 6:00am

We, United Methodist clergy in Clark County, rejoice at the actions taken recently by the United Methodist General Conference to more fully welcome and include all people to our churches, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. Ordination and marriage are now open to people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations.

We apologize for the harm done in our past to this community. We know we have more work to do, and we are thrilled at the steps taken to make our church more fully inclusive. Jesus told his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34). We commit ourselves to love louder to those on the margins.

We invite those desiring a more inclusive community to join us in our worship and witness to the love of God which truly embraces all as beloved children.

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