Aldersgate Church Council voted recently to pursue the listing of Aldersgate as a reconciling Church.  We have a steering group to educate members on the benefits of this.  As many of our main line Churches have adopted this classification, it is a distinct disadvantage for our Church to not advertise this in recruiting visitors to our congregation, even though in practice we are a “Welcoming” congregation.  We have a draft statement which we will submit to the Reconciling Network with our submission:   

“Aldersgate United Methodist Church of San Rafael, is a welcoming faith community.  We recognize that all persons are created in God’s image.  We welcome all persons without regard to age, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, family configuration, religious background, economic status and developmental and physical ability and we are applying to become members of the reconciling ministries network.”