Broadway UMC Homosexual Union Ceremony And Protocol
Broadway United Methodist Church
3344 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
Policy Regarding Legal Weddings and Holy Unions
Note: The following was adopted by the Church Council of Broadway United Methodist Church on September 12, 2000. The action was taken with the understanding that the policy is only advisory to the pastor of the congregation.
Broadway United Methodist Church (BUMC) re-affirms its intent to minister to all people and exclude no group or individual. Celebrating a covenant between two people is one of our ministries. We see such covenants as not only a commitment of two people to each other, but also a declaration of new ministry and relationship to the Broadway congregation and the world.
Our policy going forward, until such a time as we deem it necessary to change it, will be as follows.
Since the United Methodist Book of Worship assumes that couples actually are the ones who "make" a covenant, the pastor at BUMC will no longer "conduct" legal weddings or holy union covenants. The couples will "conduct" their Holy Union or legal wedding covenant (i.e. create and celebrate their covenant through the exchange of vows) or may ask their primary attendants to assist them. All Holy Union and legal wedding covenanting done by couples will occur with the pastor present at a site separate from the church building and at a time chosen by the couple. This is in keeping with The United Methodist Book of Discipline (Paragraph 65(C), 1996 Discipline).
BUMC will construct a special archway that is moveable and designed as a symbol of the BUMC congregationís support of the couple. This Broadway Archway may be used at the covenanting site.
Worship services in celebration of Godís grace for couples will be held in the BUMC sanctuary as scheduled by the pastor. These may include the celebration of Holy Communion and/or the re-affirmation of Baptism. The pastor will participate in the worship service to celebrate Godís grace for relationships as a liturgist and Communion celebrant only. The congregation may also provide additional lay liturgists who would participate in the worship service.
Because the coupleís covenant is also with a community of faith, legal weddings and Holy Unions will be celebrated primarily with couples who are members, constituents, and friends of BUMC.
The pastor of BUMC will not comment to the media in advance about planned legal weddings or Holy Unions. We strongly request that couples do the same.
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