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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 this month’s article, visit the Caller Newsletter Page.

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 UMC events

Adults from SPUMC and the greater Sun Prairie community are invited to listening sessions that focus on issues that impact families and children within faith spaces and beyond. As a Reconciling congregation, we welcome all people, regardless of their personal characteristics of age, race, gender, ability, gender identity or sexual orientation. We are inviting adults from the community to come, learn, discuss, and understand these important topics around diversity within our community and how it impacts all.

We will be watching prerecorded sessions from the Parenting Forward Conference followed by discussion. Each prerecorded session is about 20 minutes in length. The Sunday sessions will be held between the 8:30 and 10:45 am services and will be the shorter than the Tuesday evening sessions. If childcare is needed on Tuesdays, please contact the church office at least 48 hours in advance.  There is nursery care and Sunday School available for children of all ages during Sunday sessions.  Invite others to participate by sharing this event on social media.

Sessions:

  • Sunday January 19, between services, Parenting White: Raising Race Conscious Children presented by Jennifer Harvey
  • Tuesday January 21, 7pm-9pm, Parenting White: Raising Race Conscious Children presented by Jennifer Harvey & Racial and Social Justice in the Classroom presented by Naomi O’Brien
  • Sunday January 26, between services, Parenting Kids so they are free of Gender/Ethnic Stereotypes presented by Christia Brown
  • Tuesday January 28, 7pm-9pm, Parenting Kids so they are free of Gender/Ethnic Stereotypes presented by Christia Brown & Reading the Bible with Children as Affirming and Life-Giving Word for Children presented by Julie Faith Parker

Sun Prairie Library events

 

Dane County Events

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: