The following declaration was unanimously adopted by the Church Council and Corvallis FUMC is the 30th church to have adopted the Declaration. It states:
A Declaration of Inclusion
We, The Church Council of Corvallis First United Methodist Church, declare that no one will be denied the services of our church because of sexual orientation. This includes the use of our property for same-sex marriages and holy unions.
This action is in accordance with the United Methodist Book of Discipline which states:
- “inclusiveness denies every semblance of discrimination” (¶140)
- “We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God” (¶161f)
- “All persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status or sexual orientation are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured” (¶161f)
- “We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends” (¶161f)
Therefore, we commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons because we understand that each individual is of sacred worth. We do this in a spirit of biblical obedience as we practice the radical hospitality of Jesus Christ.