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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 May feature written by Bonnie Elmquist, click on this link and scroll to page 9:

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

Black Male Suffrage
Tuesday, May 21st, 6:30-7:30 pm, Community Room, Sun Prairie Library

Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara, Professor of History in the Dept. of Afro-American Studies at UW-Madison, presents the history of black male disenfranchisement during the first years of our statehood. For more information, see here:

https://sunprairie.librarymarket.com/events/black-male-suffrage

The Emerging Refugee Crisis
Wednesday, May 22nd, 6:30-7:30 pm, Community Room, Sun Prairie Library

The number of people fleeing poverty, conflict, and persecution around the world is creating an unprecedented number of global migrants and refugees, & we are facing growing pressure to accommodate them not only within the U.S., but also right here in Wisconsin. In this interactive presentation, Professor Dokhanchi (UW-Superior) will discuss recent migration patterns, how they have shaped the current refugee crisis, & what can be learned from the example of asylum seekers in Germany.  For more information, see here:   https://sunprairie.librarymarket.com/events/emerging-refugee-crisis

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/

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: