Welcome, Affirming, Reconciling Ministries (WARM)
Ministries of Faith in Action
The Mission of RMN:
Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.
The language of RMN’s mission comes from the United Methodist baptismal vow, and that’s our charge. Simply put, we work to advance justice and inclusion for all LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church and beyond.
To journey with a child, friend, or parent who “comes out” (shares with you that he/she/they are LGBTQIW+) can be a confusing one. Below are just a few resources to help you along that journey. While this list is not exhaustive and does not guarantee there won’t be difficulties along the way, we hope they will help.
News & Events
By Rev. Michael Patzloff, Chair of the Welcome & Reconciling Ministries Committee John Wesley summarized God’s desire for our lives in his “Three Simple Rules.” Wesley said that if we could “Do No Harm, Do Good, and Attend to the Ordinances of God (or, more...
To raise awareness & promote the vision of the Missio Dei (the vision of building up the Beloved Community as God’s mission in the world), foster & facilitate biblical & theological understating of inclusion & diversity as the work of ministry, and train & resource conference leadership, pastors, & congregations for increased cultural competency & fulfillment of the Great Commission.
By Rev. Michael Patzloff The Welcoming and Reconciling Team for the Desert Southwest Conference are providing a complete worship service for Pride Sunday to be celebrated on the first Sunday in June. We encourage you to mark this day and celebrate the lives and...
By Jim Wiltbank I don’t know why I was late… probably talking to Raul and Jack. We had run our high school cross-country and track races against each other almost every week for the last three years and knew each other well. But when my friend Isaac came running up...
Rev. Michael Patzloff
Director of Outreach & Justice
LGBTQ+ Glossary of Terms
Click here to learn more about gender identities and their meanings.
LGBT Terminology 101
Click here to learn more about LBTQ+ terminology and sexual orientations.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ members and anyone seeking help for mental illness.
How Does a Church Become Reconciling?
RMN lays this out in an eight (8) step process. The time and energy to become a reconciling church vary. To see this process in-depth, RMN has a section of their webpage specifically for this process.
The Ultimate LGBTQIA+ Pride Book List
- Boulder City UMC- Boulder City, NV
- Catalina UMC – Tucson, AZ
- Central UMC – Phoenix, AZ
- City Square Church – Phoenix, AZ
- Crossroads UMC – Phoenix, AZ
- Dayspring UMC – Tempe, AZ
- Desert Mission UMC – Scottsdale, AZ
- Faith UMC – Phoenix, AZ
- First UMC – Tucson, AZ
- Flagstaff Federated Community Church – Flagstaff, AZ
- Frontera Wesley Campus Ministry – Tucson, AZ
- St. Francis of the Foothills – Tucson, AZ
- The Fountains UMC – Fountain Hills, AZ
- University UMC – Las Vegas, NV