Giving Ourselves Fully

to God’s Will and Spirit

 

We are an affirming, reconciling congregation, embracing all persons regardless of age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation and gender identity and welcoming all into full participation and membership.

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Pastor’s response from
First United Methodist Church Tucson
on Arizona SB 1062 and HB 2153

 Our call as human beings, made in the image of God, is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5) and Jesus reminds those who would strive for the title of Christian that the second commandment is, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:38). The teachings of Jesus remind us that there is no law greater than the love of God and the love of ones neighbor as the self. It is here that all law – whether perceived as given by God or written by human beings – must begin.

In the most basic way Arizona SB 1062 and HB 2153 prohibit the full practice of Christianity because the fundamental teaching of love by Jesus Christ is violated when we practice discrimination against others. The United Methodist Church has shaped its discipline and faith practices through the crucible of the human rights movements of the last 231 years, as we have moved beyond slavery, beyond discrimination against women, past discrimination based on race, and beyond the denial of access to differently abled people. There is no question that the practice of discrimination is a violation of our faith as Christians and our discipline as United Methodists in accordance with:
The 2012 Book of Discipline, paragraph 162

 We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic human rights of all persons…We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.

 And The 2012 Book of Discipline, paragraph 162J

 Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.We see a clear issue of simple justice in protecting the rightful claims where people have shared material resources, pensions, guardian relationships, mutual powers of attorney, and other such lawful claims typically attendant to contractual relationships that involve shared contributions, responsibilities, and liabilities, and equal protection before the law. Moreover, we support efforts to stop violence and other forms of coercion against all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.

 

 

As United Methodists bound by the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Discipline of our denomination we reject SB 1062 and HB 2153 because it advocates for the practice of discrimination while hiding behind the pretense of religious freedom.

I urge all of you my brothers and sisters – those who identify as Christians and those who do not – to remember that our calling as human beings is to make this a world we can all live in together and that our responsibility to each other is to honor each other’s human dignity.

Sincerely Rev. Elizabeth Rambikur
Pastor, First United Methodist Church Tucson

 

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Worship Times

9:30 am Contemporary Praise Worship
10:00 am Classic / Traditional Worship
11:45 am Korean Language Worship
In the Worship Center / Sanctuary
We invite you to join us in transforming the world.

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Upcoming Events

Season Of Lent

Sun.    March 23   SS Class “Growing Our Faith” 8:45 am, Parlor
Sun.    March 23   Scholarship Singer Benefit 11:15 am, Social Hall
Thurs. March 27   Food for Thought with Iskashitaa 6:00 pm, Social Hall
Sun.    March 30   SS Class “Growing Our Faith” 8:45 am, Parlor
Sun.    April     13   Palm Sunday 10:00 am Sanctuary
Thurs. April     17   Maundy Thursday Service 6:00 pm—Social Hall
Fri.      April     18   Good Friday Service & Requiem 6:00 pm—Sanctuary
Sun.     April    20   Easter Sunday 7:30 am—Front lawn 10:00 am—Sanctuary

 

Sermons:
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March:

First Sunday – Communion
Any one, including children, who wishes to participate is welcome to do so. It is not necessary to be a United Methodist.

Third Sunday – Rainbow Stole Sunday
Those wearing the rainbow stoles have chosen to do so in solidarity with those who are denied full inclusion in the United Methodist Church because of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Fourth Sunday – Community Food Drive
People are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank. Food items may be left in the back of the worship center/sanctuary.

Fifth Sunday – Coin Sunday
People are encouraged to save their loose change and bring it when there is a fifth Sunday to support various causes.

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