About DREAM

WHO ARE WE?

We are people of faith in Mississippi who are striving to love our neighbors and thereby live out God’s dream for the world.  We believe our churches should welcome, love, and embrace all people – regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, legal status, religious beliefs, political preference, or any other category often used to divide us.

WHY HAVE WE FORMED?

We have grown weary and discontent with what we see as a failure on the Christian church’s part to protect and speak up for the marginalized.  We are sadly aware that the Church has often contributed to the prejudices of society and defended the status quo with exclusionary practices and judgemental statements.  Such acts cause harm to all involved and misrepresent the very Jesus we claim to follow.   Therefore, we are responding to God’s call to practice love and inclusion, to speak truth to power, and to make God’s Dream our reality.

WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?

  • to offer support and healing to those who have been wounded by the Church’s actions
  • to offer safe spaces and resources to those who are struggling with their own identity or that of a loved one
  • to engage in sacred conversations and dialogue in hopes of better understanding all points of view and the life stories behind them, while also sharing our own stories and passion for inclusion and justice
  • to provide resources based on Scripture, experiences of faith and life, and research to those who are open to hearing the Spirit in these matters even if it breaks with their previous assumptions
  • to rise above our own tendencies to pull away from those we fear or disagree with, to pass judgement on them, give up on them or mislabel them an ‘enemy’
  • to resist the urge to think and speak in ‘us and them’ terms, but rather acknowledge the complexity of each of our hearts and minds 
  • to pray that hearts will soften and minds will open and that we’ll all be open to the Spirit moving among us
  • to witness and celebrate the Church becoming more like Christ

HOW DID WE GET STARTED?

A group of United Methodists, gay and straight, began working together to grow the movement for full inclusion of LGBT persons in our churches.  Along the way we became increasingly aware of the many ways the church is divided.  Though we are affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), which is a United Methodist-based organization, we are inclusive of all denominations.

HOW DO YOU JOIN?

Individuals, groups, and congregations can join.   Membership is confidential and will only be shared with organizers for DREAM or RMN.  Membership is free, though donations to Reconciling Ministries Network are welcome.  To become a member of DREAM, simply email us at dreammississippi@gmail.com and let us know you’d like to join.  To join RMN, click here:  http://www.rmnetwork.org/join-us/

Responses

  1. I am a Bible believing Christian with gay sons. I have come to understand lately that influencing other christians to understand homosexuality is not as important as loving precious gay and lesbian individuals and providing a safe, welcoming environment where they can worship Christ.

  2. How brave you are! We go to a Reconciling UMC and this place of love has added tremendous peace and joy in our lives.


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