Hi. I know the official statements of the church in regards to not letting LGBT people be pastors and so forth but my question is what about general personal fellowship and assistance, like for example say a poor LGBT person went to a local United Methodist Church and asked the pastor if they could help them find a ride somewhere they needed to go, such as a veterinarian for their cat or other important things? Or needed physical assistance with moving their furniture to a new apartment? Or had little or no friends and family and needed somebody to list as an emergency contact? Would the church welcome such a person seeking friendship and ties to the community?

Dear Josh:

    The answer to your questions appears in the United Methodist Book of Resolutions. Resolution 2041 affirms our belief in the inestimable worth of each person, created by God and loved by Jesus Christ. "We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We believe that homosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth who need the ministry and guidance of the church, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of its fellowship. Be it resolved, that the United Methodist Church dedicate itself to a ministry of Christ-like hospitality and compassion to people of all sexual orientations."
    Resolution 2042: The United Methodist Church opposes all forms of violence or discrimination based on gender, gender identity sexual practice, or sexual orientation.
    So any United Methodist Church that respects the official stand of the general Church would welcome and try to assist all the kinds of persons in your questions.


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The Rev. William E. Olewiler


United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.


Ordained deacon and elder, United Methodist Church. District and conference leadership.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC Master of Arts, Political Science, Brown University, Providence RI Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York NY Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

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