A Reconciling Congregation
We celebrate God’s gift of diversity and value the wholeness made possible in community equally shared and shepherded by all. We welcome and affirm people of every gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education, and family structure, and of every economic, immigration, marital, and social status, and so much more. We acknowledge that we live in a world of profound social, economic, and political inequities. As followers of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice and pledge to stand in solidarity with all who are marginalized and oppressed.
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In October 2019, Hunt’s Church became a member church of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), a social justice organization advocating the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. In February 2024, the Reconciling Ministries Committee voted to affirm the above language, as a pledge of our commitment to intersectional affirmation of all people.
Marriage Equality Statement
We celebrate the ability of any couple to be legally married in the state of Maryland. A couple who feels God’s spirit at work in their lives may look to the church to bless their wedding. We recognize, support and celebrate the faithful commitments of any two people who come to Hunt’s to be married. We view marriage as a sacred covenant and a lifelong commitment to faithfulness, love, patience and mutual comfort between two individuals and God, as witnessed by family, friends and the congregation who may gather with them.
Our congregation fully supports our pastor if they choose to perform a LGBTQIA+ marriage in either our church building or another location. If our pastor chooses not to officiate a marriage ceremony for a LGBTQIA+ couple, it is their responsibility to assist the couple in finding a United Methodist clergyperson who will officiate the marriage and provide premarital counseling. Our congregation approves the use of our building or grounds for LGBTQIA+ marriages within our usual sanctuary guidelines.