All Are Welcome

On January 27, 2019, 98% of members present voted to adopt a new welcoming statement for the church, thus becoming a Reconciling Congregation. Our welcoming statement reads:

First United Methodist Church of Baraboo, WI welcomes all to share in the life, leadership, fellowship, worship, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our congregation as we seek to grow in faith, do all the good we can, and help others say YES! to God. As a Reconciling Congregation we affirm that each person is of sacred worth and created in God’s image. We embrace the diversity of human nature, and celebrate the inherent uniqueness, potential and contributions of all persons, regardless of age, race, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, economic status, and physical or mental ability. All are welcome, supported and included here. Many voices, many hands, and shared wisdom from varied perspectives and life experiences make us stronger and richer in thought, creativity, understanding and growth. We recognize that we hold a variety of opinions. We do not seek to erase our differences but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.

Pastor Marianne’s sermon addressing the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church – March 3, 2019