Churches all over the country are protesting the United Methodist Church’s anti-LGBTQ stance with some amazing signs.
Last week the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to reaffirm their teaching that homosexuality is “incompatible” with Christianity and to punish individual churches that perform marriages for same-sex couples and allow LGBTQ* clergy.
Here are 20 of the signs and rainbows that churches have put up in the past week to speak out in favor of inclusion.
The First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in Connecticut put together this rainbow “Welcome” sign.
The North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis set up doors in rainbow colors and posted them to Facebook.
The First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge in Illinois covered the word “United” in their sign with a rainbow, “to acknowledge the deep division in our denomination over ministries of full inclusion with LGBTQIA persons,” according to Pastor David Aslesen.
The Clifton United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote on their sign, “No matter what the denomination says, God loves you. We do too.”
The Smoky Hill United Methodist Church in Colorado had a welcoming sign.
The First United Methodist Church in Duluth, Minnesota, put up a sign that their church was for “all,” with “no exceptions.”
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People at the Foundry United Methodist Church in D.C. made prayer flags to support “full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people” in the church.
They also covered everything with rainbows while they were at it.
The First United Methodist Church in San Diego was a little more subtle.
The Dayspring United Methodist Church in Arizona covered up the words “United Methodist Church” in its sign with black cloth, saying that they are mourning the “sad demise of a denomination.”
The Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Chicago crossed out the word “united” and put up a rainbow flag.
This LGBTQ-affirming sign is from the Linworth United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.
The Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, took out an ad in the paper to apologize for the harm done by the denomination.
The Greenland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas put up these rainbow signs.
The Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas, had a simple message.
The Lakewood United Methodist Church in Dallas covered up the words “United Methodist” in their sign with rainbows.
The Grace United Methodist Church, also in Dallas, did the same.
And the Preston Hollow United Methodist Church in Dallas put a rainbow and an affirming message on their sign.
The Decatur First United Methodist Church in Georgia had this sign.
The First United Methodist Church in Medford, Oregon, put up a sign saying that they stand with LGBTQ people unconditionally.
*Note: It has been pointed out that the UMC’s plan refers to “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” not being allowed in the clergy. Depending on how dioceses interpret the plan, it may or may not refer to bisexual, transgender, or non-binary people.