Reconciling Church

Reconciling Church LogoLos Altos UMC is a Reconciling Church

Reconciling churches welcome all persons into full participation in the life of the congregation regardless of age, sex, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, marriage status, or physical or mental condition.

Los Altos United Methodist Church Welcomes ALL.

The Church Council and pastoral staff of the Los Altos United Methodist Church in Northern California reject decisions by the United Methodist General Conference to continue to withhold fundamental rights and privileges from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. We believe all persons are children of God, and we welcome ALL, regardless of age, cultural background, disabilities, ethnicity, financial circumstances, gender identity, martial status, religious tradition, or sexual orientation.

We affirm the words of Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you, but to act justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” It is our hope that we can be living and loving examples for change for our larger denomination as we strive to touch heaven and change earth with head, heart, and hands.

Los Altos United Methodist Church also opens its Sanctuary to bless, perform, and affirm marriage and commitment covenants that are expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Resource Links

Decision Shocks Methodists Committed to Inclusion – an article by the senior pastor about the results of the 2019 General Conference

Reconciling Ministries Network – a website with a wealth of information about the process of becoming a reconciling congregation and about a program called “All Means All.”

List of Books for Children and Young People – a list of books for children (pre-school through high school).

List of Books for Adults – a list of books discussing LGBT issues in the context of the church.

Ron and Ginny Lau’s Witness of Faith – a video (06:53) – Ron and Ginny share their family’s story.