Rainbow Crossing began as a grassroots movement within FUMC in January of 2005. This group dedicated its work to keeping the way open so that all persons may become full, dynamic members of their faith in a church that is inclusive and welcoming to all. The group began with a handful of individuals and grew to over 100 people by the time the FUMC congregation voted to adopt a Welcoming Statement.
Rainbow Crossing is bound by three common beliefs. First, God’s grace is for all persons and thus the practices of FUMC and the policies of the UMC should be inclusive of all persons. Second, our group must work within the Church with its ministers and members and the broader community it serves. Third, our group will respect and listen to all viewpoints on the subject of homosexuality while expecting that same respect from others.
Rainbow Crossing members worked through several avenues in 2005 and 2006 to have dialogue about inclusivity. Among other activities, we met with small groups within the Church, participated in a pastor-led Bible study to discuss the often quoted passages purportedly about homosexuality, placed signed statements in the bulletin and became involved in organizations external to FUMC.
As part of an education process, we placed 15 questions and answers in the bulletin in the fall of 2006. There are now 16 questions and answers that can be found to the left, under Questions & Answers.