Smoky Hill UMC votes to become Reconciling Congregation

February 19, 2019
Submitted by Charlotte Holden Carr
Associate Pastor, Smoky Hill UMC, Centennial, CO

On Feb. 3, approximately 200 people gathered at Smoky Hill United Methodist Church in Centennial, Colorado for a conference to discern if God was calling the church to become a Reconciling Congregation. According to the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) website, "Reconciling Churches and Communities are United Methodist spaces committed to building the inclusion to which God calls us." RMN was founded in 1982, after a United Methodist task force created a network "to reconcile The United Methodist Church and lesbians/gay men."

After prayers, questions, and speeches, the result was an 85.2% affirmation to officially become a Reconciling Congregation. This vote culminates a five year journey led by the Reconciling Ministries Task Force. This group provided educational resources, panel discussions, question-and-answer platforms, and open-conversation opportunities.

Charlotte Holden Carr, Associate Pastor, shared that "Smoky Hill UMC is a diverse people, with varied and interesting life stories, that come together to tell the story of Christ. We are proud to be a welcoming congregation, and we are excited to extend our invitation to our LGBTQ+ siblings in this unequivocal, official statement."

For more information on the Reconciling Ministries Network, visit