UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our mission is to come together to worship, to study, and to live out God’s love so that we strengthen our Christian faith, develop a creative, supportive community, and encourage each other in our many ministries.
We strive to put our faith into action, reaching out to others in need–locally and globally–supporting justice for all people, as we meet needs together in a changing world. We affirm our United Methodist heritage, seek to understand and celebrate our many differences as well as the ties that bind us, and we strive to be a fully inclusive church.
Sanctuary Church Declaration
We welcome all people on their journey of faith regardless of age, physical condition, race, gender, sexual orientation, or class, and support each other in our ministries to one another, the community, and the world.
Since 1995, Epworth United Methodist Church has been part of the Reconciling Ministries Network, a national grassroots organization that mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.
We are called by God, scripture, tradition, and our life together to live out our faith in our relationships in the world.
We are called to act on our principles that all people have inherent worth regardless of their national origin, citizenship or legal status.
We are called to stand with those suffering injustice and to work to change the systems causing it.
We see and reject the vilification and criminalization of immigrants across the globe as antithetical to our faith and our moral commitment to justice.
Therefore Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, declares itself a Sanctuary Church, standing in solidarity with immigrants and other organizations working on their behalf.
Adopted by the congregation on November 29, 2018