"Everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom."
- Galatians, Chapter 5
Whoever you are and whoever you love, we welcome you and affirm your sacred worth in God's eyes.
Mesa View is a congregation where all persons are welcome to participate fully in the life of the church, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. This is rooted in our deep belief that diversity is a gift that comes from God.
If you are gay or straight,
male, female, or nonbinary,
married, divorced, single, or widowed,
of any race, nationality, ethnicity, cultural background, or language,
of any mental or physical ability,
of any social class, political affiliation, or life circumstance,
we believe God loves you as you are.
Mesa View is a proud member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, a global community of United Methodists working to advance justice and inclusion for all people, especially the LGBTQ+ community. Our belief in inclusion is based in our love for Jesus' ministry, Christian theology, and understanding of Biblical interpretation. When we are baptized in the United Methodist Church, we vow to "resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever form they present themselves," and we see our reconciling witness as an expression of our vow.
To learn more about the Reconciling Ministries Network, click here.
Our Statement of Inclusion:
At Mesa View United Methodist Church, we believe that just as we are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, so too are we called to the ministry of reconciliation. We believe all people are created in the image of God and are recipients of God's love, grace, and forgiveness. We believe the Kingdom of God is not divided or segregated, and so we are called to embrace and welcome the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We seek to represent that diversity in our community of faith.
As we journey on our path of reconciliation, we embrace all who have known the pain of discrimination and exclusion within the church and society. We welcome and invite persons of every age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, marital status, family situation, nationality, physical or mental ability, religious background, political affiliation, or life circumstance to participate in the worship, life and ministries of Mesa View UMC. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to embrace them and to always remember that while we may not all think alike, with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can all love alike.
As a community of reconcilation, we covenant to pray for one another, be present for one another, support one another, bear one another's burdens, be of service to one another, and work together in our faith journey towards greater love, understanding, and mutual respect and to be a witness to those activities in the world. With God's help, we will seek to live into the radical hospitality and love that God demonstrated to the world, and that we are called to embody in the Good News we declare.
- Adopted by the congregation of Mesa View UMC, October 29, 2017.