Marriage Equality Vote Resources


As part of the Congregational Council’s work on issues relating to our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) family, we are offering the following resources for the congregation’s use. We will add more resources as we move forward with our inquiry.

Online Links
A multi-faith agency in the U.S. and Canada that follows five different religious beliefs.
The Question I Am Most Often Asked by people Visiting My Church's Website

Rev. Dean Snyder discuses the seven references in the Bible that are relevant to a discussion of loving, consensual gay and lesbian relationships.
Have Faith in Love

A recent op-ed piece from the New York Times regarding same-sex marriage.
Dumbarton UMC

The website of Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown.
Dumbarton UMC has pledged "to honor and celebrate the wedding of any couple, licensed in the District of Columbia, who seek to commit their lives to one another in marriage."
Website and blog of the Reconciling Ministries Network.
Website of Affirmation: United Methodists For Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Concerns.

The story of Beth Stroud, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (defrocked in 2004).

Churches That Boycott Marriages
Articles about churches in New York, Missouri, and Massachusetts that have decided to stop performing traditional marriage ceremonies because a church rule prohibits such services for gays and lesbians.

Document from the Congregational Council

Voter Guide

Proposed Declaration for Marriage Equality (May 23, 2010)

FINAL DRAFT Proposed Declaration for Marriage Equality (July 25, 2010)


Statement of Congregational Council at the announcment of the Proposed Declaration (May 23, 2010)

Principles of Christian Communication

Resolving Same-Sex Marriage at Foundry
The Congregational Council's announcement of a three step process to resolve same-sex marriage at Foundry.

Spring Quarterly Report
The Congregational Council's spring report regarding its work in developing policy toward issues related to equity and our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, or Transgender (LGBT) community.

Foundry's 5 Year Goals (Revised March 2010)
Includes two new strategies related to same-sex marriage at Foundry.


Weekly Bulletin Updates

Bulletin Update #1 (May 16, 2010)

Bulletin Update #2 (May 23, 2010)

Bulletin Update #3 (May 30, 2010)

Bulletin Update #4 (June 6, 2010)

Bulletin Update #5 (June 13, 2010)

Bulletin Update #6 (June 20, 2010)

Bulletin Update #7 (June 27, 2010)

Bulletin Update #8 (July 4, 2010)

Bulletin Update #9 (July 11, 2010)

Bulletin Update #10 (July 18, 2010)

Bulletin Update #11 (July 25, 2010)

Bulletin Update #12 (Aug. 1, 2010)

Bulletin Update #13 (Aug. 8, 2010)

Bulletin Update #14 (Aug. 15, 2010)

Bulletin Update #15 (Sept. 12, 2010)

Bulletin Update #16 (Sept. 19, 2010)

Bulletin Update #17 (Sept. 26, 2010)


Reports/Minutes of Meetings

Notes from Holy Conversation, Jan. 2010
A summary of the comments from the January 10th Holy Conversation on same-sex marriage.

Timeline and Historical Material

Key policy events in the Greater United Methodist Church and at Foundry UMC regarding homosexuality.

Same-sex Union Issues Working Group Report and Recommendations, Feb. 1, 2007
This report outlines the various options the Working Group recommended that the Foundry Church Council might consider adopting as church policy.

Foundry Task Force Report on the Reconciling Congregation Program, 1995
This 142-page document was written over 15 years ago and does not necessarily reflect current thinking at Foundry. The report, however, provides a presentation of the process as well as the findings of the Task Force.

Statements by Foundry Clergy

Dean's Statement to the Congregation regarding the Summer of Discernment (Coming Soon) (July 18 2010) ------ MISSING

Declaration of Religious Support for Marriage Equality (Coming Soon) Signed by Rev. Snyder and Rev. Lowman.

A Pastoral Letter Concerning the Institution of a Service to Recognize and Honor Lesbian and Gay Committed Relationships, Nov. 11, 2008
Rev. Dean Snyder 's letter announcing his intention to be available to lead services which recognize and honor lesbian and gay committed relationships beginning February 1, 2008.

The Question I Am Most Often Asked By People Visiting My Church's Website (Coming Soon)
Comments on key passages of scripture by Dean Snyder.

United Methodist Church

Church reacts to new D.C. marriage law (Coming Soon)
UMC Press Office response to the passage of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act. Includes statements by Bishop Schol.

Official UMC Policy on Gay Marriage

What is the denomination's position on homosexuality? UMC, 2008.
Links to the relevant statements from the Social Priciples and 2008 Book of Resolutions as well as exceprts from the Book of Discipline. See especially:

"Marriage—We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman. We believe that God’s blessing rests upon such marriage, whether or not there are children of the union. We reject social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage. We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

"Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches."

General Conference 2004

Request for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council regarding the UM Discipline's language: 'the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching; Judicial Council issues declaratory decision on language; Continuing debate on the language, rights of same-sex couples and chargeable offenses for clergy; Demonstrators stage protest.

General Conference 2008 (Reconciling Ministries Network)
A summery of relevant discusson and votes at the 2008 conference on homosexuality.

Judicial Council Rulings
The Judicial Council is the highest judicial body or "court" of The United Methodist Church. Its nine members are elected by the General Conference. The Judicial Council determines the constitutionality of acts or proposed acts of the General, Jurisdictional, Central, and Annual Conferences.