FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF PORTLAND is a part of a worldwide denomination known as the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world. First Church is one of many United Methodist congregations in the metro area and around the world. Our connection with other churches makes FUMC a vibrant place to believe, think, and act in our world.
First United Methodist Church of Portland declares that we will be an advocate for peace in our local communities and world. As a Reconciling Congregation, members of First United Methodist Church have pledged to welcome and support all who want to worship with us, regardless of race, gender, class or sexual orientation.
As a Creation Care congregation, we advocate for lifestyles and social policies which bring healing and renewal to our precious Earth.
– encourage those who call First Church home to participate in study and fellowship as individuals.
– create a sense of inquiry to grow in faith.
– respect and listen to the views of others.
– nurture a sense of spirituality in each other.
– connect our faith to public life.
– confront the issues of our time in thoughtful, effective ways.
– be a compassionate, caring, justice-oriented people.
– come together in fellowship.
– communicate with one another about things that matter.
– use music as a way to enhance our worship of God.
– work to eradicate the poverty of mind, body and spirit.
– commit ourselves to be a significant voice in the world — both locally and globally.
– nurture each person’s potential as a whole and loved gift of God.
Why do we need to have this Safe Sanctuaries program? As a Church, we believe, the physical and emotional safety, as well as the spiritual growth of all God’s children and youth, is important. We are committed to the holistic well-being of each child, youth, and adult entrusted to us. We believe that we as a Church must take reasonable steps to love and protect our children and youth while they are involved in programs and activities provided in and by our local churches, districts, and our Conference. In addition, we must take reasonable steps to love and protect those adults who work with our children and youth.
The resolution Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in the Church was adopted in 1996 and reaffirmed in 2000 and 2004 by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.