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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Equality
PSUMC works to create a truly open community in which all people are welcome, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We strive to undo the harm done by institutionalized religious prejudice. We want LGBT people to know that bigotry they’ve experienced from organized religion is a betrayal of the true message of the Gospel: love for ALL of God’s children and defense of the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized of society. PSUMC also works to change the rules in the larger United Methodist Church so that it, too, reflects the radical inclusiveness of God’s love.
Much of PSUMC's work is conducted through the Reconciling Committee, which takes its name from the national Reconciling movement within the United Methodist Church to change church policy. The term 'reconciling' for this mission was suggested in 1982 because of the need for reconciliation between the United Methodist Church and its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) members.
PSUMC has been a reconciling church since 1985. The church's commitment to reflecting God’s love for all people is evident in the PSUMC creed as well as our policy on marriages: We will marry same sex couples, despite the fact that they are prohibited by the United Methodist Book of Discipline.
We have participated every year in the New York City Gay Pride Parade and the Brooklyn Pride festival and march. We have distributed tens of thousands palm cards that list several inclusive Bible verses on one side and our holy union policy on the other. And we have worked with the Church of the Village, another reconciling UMC congregation, in support of the their LGBTQ homeless youth shelter.