January 5, 2019
Embracing the United Methodist Church’s core religious and humanistic values that all persons are of sacred worth and equal standing, the eighty-nine United Methodist (NASCUMC) affiliated colleges/universities and their respective presidents serving over 260,000 students strongly affirm access and inclusion of all students, faculty, and staff on our campuses regardless of their race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.
We deeply value the connection to the United Methodist Church and polity. The relationship has been critical to the cultivation of leaders for the Church and the world. In 2006, 2011, and 2013, the United Methodist college and university presidents (NASCUMC) presented to the Council of Bishops similar statements affirming the necessity of the church’s inclusion of all people.
Historically, the Church has witnessed a profound commitment to the sacred worth of all persons and to social justice, such as the Church’s position on civil rights, women’s rights, and the rights of different ethnic communities. We call upon the leaders of the United Methodist Church at this 2019 Called General Conference to honor the past and current practices of inclusion by amending their policies and practices to affirm full inclusion in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church of all persons regardless of their race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.