We are a congregation of people on a journey of faith.
702 North St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Phone: 608.837.5554

Reconciling Ministries

Sun Prairie United Methodist Church is a community committed to H.O.P.E.(Hospitality – Offering Christ – Purposeful living – Engaging our communities).

In 2013, our church voted to become a Reconciling congregation.  In that declaration, we have said that, “Our welcome knows no boundaries.”

We believe there are no limits to God’s love and we seek to model that love in the way we welcome people…all people.

Part of being a Reconciling congregation means we welcome all people, regardless of their personal characteristics of age, race, gender, ability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

SPUMC is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).  The mission of the Reconciling Ministries Network is to mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.  You can read more about RMN at their website here.

Monthly Caller Article

Did you know that Reconciling Ministries has an article featured each month in the Caller? To see our March feature written by Brenda Carolson-Hahn, click on this link and scroll to page 11:

2019 Special General Conference

For the latest news on the special General Conference 2019  see here:

Reconciling Ministries

A recollection by a church member…

Reconciling Ministries has been like another family to me. It’s where I can share my world and be proactive as the mother of a son who is gay. My ministry involvement is a journey of love and learning.My own story is one of my sons did not ‘come out’ till he was in college, across the country. It took years for him to feel comfortable with sharing his whole identity in life with friends, family, and others. I regret not knowing and ‘being there’ for him during those earlier years.
So, I put my energies into helping create a world which is kinder and easier for those who experience lack of acceptance due to their sexual identity. Most of us on the Reconciling Ministries have a loved one who is LGBTQ, have known or worked closely with a gay or questioning person. We belong to an open and affirming church.We believe God created each of us in a unique and special way, He created you in love and blesses you. Our church will share kindness, acceptance and encouragement.Sun Prairie United Methodist Church believes in a loving God. We each can bless someone as we connect with them in church, in community, in working towards a more fair, tolerant and just world.Do you care about a loved one who is on this spiritual journey? Work with kids who may need a friendly listener? Is this your own journey? Want to know more? Join us!  Blessings

Suggested Book Readings:

This book list was prepared and offered by GSAFE, a group which teaches and promotes safety and acceptance in schools for all students, along with Madison,Wisconsin Public Library. This list is available at the library and published with their permission.

Knowledge is a key to growth and reading is a great way to learn and enjoy at the same time. May you find books to encourage and enlighten you!

Book List

Community Events

Sun Prairie Library events
Transgender Competency Training
Free and open to the General Public this training will introduce you to the transgender community and the struggles they face. You will learn about the proper use of pronouns and how to be a supportive advocate.
Hosted by Ginger Baier and OutReach LGBT Community Center
Monday, March 4, 6:00-8:30 pm, Sun Prairie Public Library
 
Oscar Monday, Boy Erased
Sun Prairie Public Library is hosting a free screening of Boy Erased (115 minutes, rated R), the critically acclaimed film that shares the story of the son of a Baptist preacher who is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. Refreshments will be served.
Monday, March 11, 6:00 pm, Sun Prairie Public Library Community Room

Dane County Events

Southern Rites exhibit at the Chazen, 1/24-5/12/18
In 2002, Gillian Laub was on a magazine assignment to Mount Vernon, Georgia, to document the lives of teenagers in the American South.  Mount Vernon seemed the archetype of pastoral, small-town American life, yet this idyllic town
still held segregated high school proms. Laub photographed surrounding Montgomery County over the following decade and created the photography exhibit opening January 24th at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison.  For more information, see here: https://www.chazen.wisc.edu/index.php?/events-calendar-demo/event/southern-rites/
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Art exhibit at Communication, 2645 Milwaukee St., Madison, 1/26-3/30/19
An exhibit highlighting artists from Artworking, a studio that supports artists and entrepreneurs with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  For more information regarding Artworking, and opportunities to volunteer, see their website here: http://artworking.org/
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image.png   Intergenerational Conference
Proud Theater, in collaboration with Trinity United Methodist Church, PFLAG-Madison, and the First United Methodist Church of Madison, will hold its fourth annual LGBTQIA+ intergenerational conference, ‘Connections IV: Changing Times’. The event is open to members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church
image.pngLGBTQ+ youth conference 
 
Safe Schools, Safe Communities is a state-wide conference that will feature a variety of speakers and workshops facilitated by local and regional experts. Conference participants will gain critical skills, tools, knowledge, and connections to help lead and support efforts to create more inclusive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, nonbinary, queer, and questioning youth across Wisconsin.
Friday March 8, 8:30-4:00 pm, Parker High School, Janesville, WI 
WI/Dane County Resources  
 
Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition
The Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition’s mission is to create an environment and conditions in Wisconsin that provide equitable access to health and healthcare for transgender, intersex, nonbinary and gender nonconforming (TING) people.  Follow this link for more information  https://witranshealth.org/
UW-Madison Institute on Aging
The UW-Madison Institute on Aging is jointly focused on addressing the problems of aging, as well as the potential of aging.  Their goal is to understand the many factors that promote resilience as people age, and to translate that knowledge to innovative educational and community intervention programs.  For more information on the IOA, see their website:  http://aging.wisc.edu/
For a look at their most recent newsletter, see here: