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STATEMENT

Newman United Methodist Church has long been committed to working towards stronger communities through acceptance and service. Our Christian faith compels us to see each person, regardless of sexual orientation, age, gender, or race as a child of God, wholly worthy of our respect and love.

In this, we stand in solidarity with our friends in the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, just as we stand with all of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. We will continue in our work to overcome the fear and misconceptions that surround the LGBTQ community, and remain firm in our belief that this is one way in which we embody Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors.

We also believe in the inherent worth of every youth, and we mourn that there are children and teenagers in our community who are functionally homeless. As such, we remain committed to partnering with and supporting the work of organizations such as Hearts With A Mission and the Maslow Project. As a congregation, we donate funds and volunteer with these organizations and strongly encourage others to do the same.

Finally, we believe that part of what Jesus was teaching is that religious policy and doctrine, and our personal opinions, should never supersede our duty to respond to the needs and suffering of the people around us. We believe that the best way to embody Christ for the world is to live lives centered on service, non-judgement and self-giving love.

In this, we look forward to welcoming the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus back to our church and community in the future. We also look forward to partnering with Hearts With A Mission and the Maslow Project in their work to help the homeless youth of our community.

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