We acknowledge that throughout history the Christian church has often condemned and excluded people because of race, culture, age, gender, economic status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. While the church has made progress in being open and affirming to many groups, there continues to be condemnation of many, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons from the community of faith, or at least, a tolerance of such condemnation and exclusion through silence. We believe such actions are inconsistent with Christ’s teachings.
New Room is a community founded on the FULL INCLUSION, affirmation, and celebration of the diversity of God’s creation. We affirm that every person has sacred worth and is a unique creation made in the image of God. Therefore every person is invited into a life of discipleship and opportunities for leadership as a part of New Room. This includes but is not limited to people of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, marital status, and economic status.
Inclusion of the fullness of God’s diverse people demands a commitment to intersectional justice, diverse leadership, and intentional community involvement. We recognize that we each come from unique backgrounds and experiences, and our ability to be in loving relationship with one another as a part of a diverse and multicultural community will not be easy. Those who wish to be part of New Room are asked to commit to growth in areas of self-understanding and intercultural competency, as well as protecting the emotional, physical, and spiritual safety of all persons present. We also acknowledge the incredible difficulty of this work and commit to grace with and for one another as we seek to build this community.
New Room is not yet, but hopes to be a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network of the UMC. This network of churches and small groups is committed to inclusion of all people in the life and leadership of the United Methodist Church and resists the official exclusionary doctrine of our denomination. Find out more at rmnetwork.org.