A recap/update on General Conference 2019.
Dear friends, especially LGBTQ+ friends, no matter what happens we love you and will continue to love you. Our social justice statement is and will remain: Calvary United Methodist Church intentionally embraces and celebrates every child of God in an inclusive and diverse church community of LGBTQ+ persons, gender identities, races, disabilities, and economic resources.
In the last few years, the Social Justice Team has paved the way, building inclusiveness, and working to ensure equity for God’s people in the church, locally, nationally and internationally. Calvary is an official “Reconciling” United Methodist congregation, (the more commonly known term is, “Open and Affirming”), knowing that God’s redeeming love is for all, believing that each person possesses sacred worth and dignity. The Social Justice Team’s long term mission is to facilitate the planning and implementation of activities available to every member of the Church and community through worship, reflection, education, service and action.
Calvary United Methodist Church has long been a proponent of equal rights. Maine Initiatives, a foundation supporting organizations cultivating social change, honored the Many And One Coalition at its annual awards dinner in 2003. Maine Initiatives has recognized community leaders who significantly changed the social landscape of Maine. The Many And One Coalition, which brought community members together to address mis-perceptions about new Somali immigrants, was recognized for its ongoing work cultivating a healthy, productive, welcoming community for all. Fatuma Hussein of United Somali Women of Maine and Mark Schlotterbeck, active in the work of the Many and One Coalition through Calvary United Methodist Church, accepted the award. (excerpt from the Lewiston Sun Journal).
In 2013 Calvary United Methodist Church was designated a Strategic Mission Church by the New England United Methodist Church Conference.