The United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus (UMQCC) is made up of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people who are called, commissioned, and ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church.
UMQCC seeks to act in solidarity with one another and others who have been marginalized in the church. Grounding ourselves in the call to Christian ministry, we strive to be an embodied prophetic witness of the church’s future. We are agents of Christ's redemptive love in The United Methodist Church for the transformation of the world.
- called, commissioned, and ordained clergy of the United Methodist Church in ministry throughout the connection;
- called to fulfill our roles as servant-leaders according to the Book of Discipline (UMC BOD ¶ 305, ¶ 328 & ¶ 340);
- called to be prophetic agents of redemption of theology and Christian teaching;
- called to be prophetic agents of personal and corporal faithfulness and healing in order to embody justice, loving-kindness, and walking humbly with our God (Micah 6:8);
- called to solidarity with one another, clergy, and laity– especially those who have been alienated, excluded, charged, dismissed, or otherwise disenfranchised by the harmful policies and practices of the UMC.
- in the ongoing revelation of God’s love and justice;
- in the ongoing redemptive process of sanctification of our church;
- in the three simple rules: DO no harm, do good, stay in love with God.
- that “nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:38);
- that the Body of Christ lives into its fullness when everyone is reconciled at the Table of Grace and “justice rolls down like water and righteousness like an everlasting stream” (Amos 5:24);
- that the vows of our Baptism to “resist evil and oppression” are especially relevant within our denomination for the integrity of our mission and witness in the world;
- “that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self” as affirmed by The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church (UMC BOD ¶ 161);
- that advocating for those at the margins also means inviting those who sit in shadow to see the great light, the light that shines for all humanity (Matthew 4:16; John 1:4);
- taking individual and collective responsibility for holding ourselves and others accountable to being prophetic agents of redemption and transformation in living out the Gospel of Christ Jesus and living into the Beloved Community of God.
[From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2012. Copyright 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House]