UM-Forward is a collective of United Methodist liberationists fiercely committed to advancing POC+Q+T liberation through an intersectional, enfleshed, and anti-colonial framework. Our organizational identity is rooted in the “Loved and Liberated” Proclamation.
What do we see? What are we building?
We envision a vibrant church living the Gospel and uncompromising on Jesus’ love ethic of full inclusion and affirmation—a church set free from injustice, oppression, and discrimination.
We are building the beloved community of the kin-dom at hand.
Why do we exist? What is our work?
We are called to make a faithful future irresistible: creating and shaping a way of collective flourishing, intersectional justice, transformative healing, and liberating love. UM-Forward exists to:
Lead the church into celebration of queerness and the holiness and beauty of POC+Q+T people.
Advance liberation of marginalized, particularly POC+Q+T, through intersectional justice.
Propel The United Methodist Church forward toward perfection in a way that does not settle for incremental change.
Challenge the establishment and resist moderation, centrism, and compromise.
Proclaim joy and celebration of PoC+Q+T spirituality.
What grounds our mission and vision?
Theologically-Prophetic Vision emerging from the intersection of Wesleyan, liberation, and queer theologies.
Intersectional Justice and Intentional Centering of the Margins.
Radical Solidarity as a responsibility rooted in our mutual connection and interdependence.
Beloved Community inspired by the Extravagant Grace and Resurrection Hope of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Liberation.
Mutual Accountability grounded in collaborative, horizontal Leadership.
Queerness as a spiritual, ethical, and evangelical (and not only sexual) orientation rooted deeply in the biblical witness of the non-complicit, non-conforming, non-conventional, and non-compromising Jesus of Nazareth.