Marriage Equality

The Summer of Great Discernment, Sept 2010

Foundry Votes to Allow Same-Gender Marriages

On Sunday, September 26, 2010, the members of Foundry United Methodist Church voted to allow same-gender marriages performed in its building, and to support any member of the Foundry clergy who chooses to celebrate a same-gender marriage at Foundry or elsewhere.

The vote to adopt this policy was 367 to 8. It took place at a Church Conference duly convened under the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. The vote was preceded by a four-month-long period of discernment during which the congregation spent much time considering this policy in prayer, study, discussion and congregational conversations.

The Foundry congregation believes that the consecration of committed, loving relationships is an important part of our ministry, witnessing to the joyous gifts of God’s love. As disciples of Jesus Christ living out this decision we will continue to work to deepen our faith, engage as Christian community, and transform the world through service and witness. We welcome all to join us in fulfilling this call.

The final Proposed Declaration for Marriage Equality includes language from the United Methodist Church Constitution that Foundry leaders believe trumps the UMC Book of Discipline ban on same-gender ceremonies. Read more...

See the Voting Guide for detailed information on Conference logistics.

Read a Special Editon of the Foundry Forge published to announce passage of the vote.

Response from Bishop Schol

On Sept. 27th, Bishop Schol responded to the congregation's vote in a letter sent to all clergy and lay delegates of the churches of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Read the Bishop's letter and the response of Foundry's Congregational Council.

The 2010 Congregational Council

The charge of the Congregational Council included the overall visioning for Foundry, and the selection of church-wide goals. The council included: Nancy Groth Blasdel, Penda Hair, Mandi Janis, Kerry Kidwell-Slak, David Lanford, Greg McGruder, Todd Mullins, Jim Walker, Ralph Williams.

The 2010 Church Conference Ministry Team

The Ministry Team developed and executeed the Summer of Great Discernment event. The team included: Candice Autry, Doug Barker, Dan Dodgen, Chris Galanty, Joanne Garlow, John Godshalk, Chuck Hilty, Bill Kirk, Krista Mantsch, T.C. Morrow, Jane Northern, Jane Ross, Larry Slagle, Elder Wellborn.

Resources leading up to the vote:

The Invitation to Vote 

Pre- and Post-Conference Preparation

Discussion Guide

Related Discussions and Events

Online Discussion Forum Subject Areas

Related Resource Links and Documents

Questions and Answers

External Resources