Reconciling Ministries Team

The Reconciling Ministry Team at Bothell United Methodist Church affirms that all are welcome in Christ’s church. The Team recognizes, however, that churches have often spent more time and energy building boundaries and placing restrictions on God’s reconciling love than on breaking down barriers of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, and gender identity. The Bothell UMC Reconciling Ministry Team is thus committed to embodying a “ministry of reconciliation” by “breaking down the walls that divide” (Eph 2:14).

“All these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” II Corinthians 5:18 (CEB)
Recognizing that the United Methodist Book of Discipline expressly excludes “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from being “certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church,” a group of Bothell UMC members began in 2011 to explore affiliation with the Reconciling Ministries Network, an organization within the United Methodist Church that is committed to working toward full inclusion of all people, regardless of gender identity. By 2014, a recommendation was presented to the Church Council which authorized a task force to craft a public statement welcoming all. As a result, Bothell UMC’s Welcome Statement was unanimously adopted by Church Council in May 2014.

In March, 2016, the Bothell UMC Reconciling Ministry Team voted to join the Reconciling Ministries Network as a “Community,” and the Team was formally added to the Reconciling Ministries Network on May 3, 2016. The Reconciling Ministry Team “community” acknowledges the diversity of viewpoints within Bothell UMC while affirming a prophetic call to full inclusion.

Since its founding in 1885, Bothell UMC has ministered to the those on the edges of social norms. Whether veterans struggling with the trauma of the Civil War, refugees from war-torn Europe after World War II, or South East Asian refugees after the end of the Vietnam War, Bothell UMC has been there to accept and support people as they move toward what God has called them to be.

While Bothell UMC is a community that reflects a broad spectrum of theological, political, and social commitments, it is genuinely committed to expressing God’s boundless love to all through word and deed. If you are interested in learning more about the Reconciling Ministry Team or getting involved with this Team, please contact Jeff Staley, co-chair, Reconciling Ministry Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..