If You Are New

Thank you for considering a visit to Park Slope United Methodist Church! Whether you are interested in joining us for worship or a community event, we welcome you as our honored guest.  We are located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.  We offer a loving, supportive, inclusive fellowship that celebrates the diversity of our neighboring community.   For more information, contact us at [email protected]

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.

PSUMC’s Reconciling Committee has worked on many fronts. We work to change the UMC’s doctrinal prejudice and institutional discrimination against LGBT people. We participate every year in our regional church body’s annual governing conference (known as the annual conference), joining with other churches to bring a powerful, unavoidable witness to the four-day conference. PSUMC was instrumental in founding Methodists in New Directions (MIND), a regional, conference-wide grassroots organization working to end the church’s bigoted rules, and remains centrally involved in MIND. In 2005, PSUMC introduced a very controversial resolution at the annual conference meeting, calling on the conference to disobey the church’s discriminatory rules. We are also a signer of the Covenant of Conscience, publicly stating that we join other congregations in performing marriages for all.

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.