Reconciling Congregation

Fairlington United Methodist Church proclaims without reservation God’s unconditional love and grace, and affirms the dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God.  We commit to extend Christ’s gospel hospitality, creating a place of safety and spiritual sanctuary for all people.  Therefore, this community of faith welcomes into membership, participation and leadership all persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, family structure, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic background, political affiliation, physical or mental ability, faith history, or life experience.  We recognize among us differences in theology and biblical interpretation, and covenant to accept, respect, and love one another along our faith journeys.  As God loves us, so let us love one another.”

Reconciling Means Welcoming All

A Reconciling Congregation is one that adopts a public statement, which can be inclusive of many people, but specifically welcomes individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. FUMC crafted and adopted a reconciling statement on February 10, 2013 that recognizes and reflects the diversity of our congregation, and extends a wide welcome that includes many individuals and groups that may not always feel welcome at church.


  • 07.04.2021 Reconciling Ministry Report on Developments in the UMC CLICK HERE
  • Timeline of Fairlingtion's Reconciling Movement: CLICK HERE
  • Mark Elder's Blog, Virginian's for a New Thing: CLICK HERE
  • Reconciling Ministries Network
  • Many Voices Web Site (ecumenical):
  • Believe Out Loud (ecumenical):
  • Parents Reconciling Network (extension ministry of the RMN): CLICK HERE
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG):