My name is Rev. Dr. Nanette Roberts and I am the co-founder and host pastor for Mainstream UMC. I am pleased to announce that our fundraising efforts this month have inspired a donor to make a $15,000 challenge grant. For every dollar that we raise through September, the donor will match up to a total of $15,000. This is a great opportunity for you to give a gift this month, knowing that it will be matched and effectively double your generosity!
I co-founded Mainstream UMC because I was concerned that voices like mine, across our great church, were not being heard. There is so much rhetoric in the church that is slanted towards a very narrow worldview. As a local church pastor, I am privileged to reach a very broad audience, and that’s what Mainstream UMC is doing. We do not want to live or lead in an echo chamber, that has never been the strength of the United Methodist Church. Mainstream UMC continues to articulate, challenge, and respond in ways that speak the sometimes hard truths with compassion and invitation. Please join me today in making a donation to support the on-going work of Mainstream UMC.
The deadline for submitting petitions to General Conference 2020 is fast approaching on September 18. Mainstream UMC is asking for your help in the next three weeks to fund our advocacy to move the church forward.
Mainstream UMC remains a key voice for centrists and progressives as negotiations are underway with traditional groups in the church. We are committed to finding a path for the church in the United States to have autonomy over our mission field while staying organically connected in ministry to our Methodist brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe. We believe that a new form of governance is necessary for the US church to be who God is calling us to be.
There are a number of proposals on the table that may work. But as we know, none of them will work if we do not communicate and advocate with delegates and people in the pews. Communication and advocacy are the strengths of Mainstream UMC. We have been the voice in the church most willing to call out false narratives and to push for the kind of change that the church needs.
We are very pleased with the role we have been able to play since GC 2019:
- We supported the election efforts in Annual Conferences.
- We have board members on the steering team for UMC Next.
- Our Executive Director, Mark Holland has been at the table for conversations with both Central Conference and US bishops.
- We hosted a very successful survey that drew over 13,000 responses.
- We have published data and maps that show the realities of the US Church.
Going Forward, we have more goals:
- We want to shape a new narrative about the church that directly challenges the slanted message coming from the conservative advocacy groups.
- We are bringing legislative recommendations for GC 2020.
- We will work to expand the existing coalition to pass the best possible outcome for the church.
- We will advocate for US autonomy.
- We will continue to collect and disseminate grassroots data.
We are asking committed United Methodists like yourself to contribute to Mainstream UMC and to help raise resources in your church, or through your network. We are asking for both one-time gifts as well as monthly pledges that will run through June of 2020. Please consider a generous contribution today. And, please pass this request along to your congregation for support.
On behalf of the entire Advisory Board, we want to thank you in advance for your generous consideration. With your help, we can build a church we can celebrate! Thank you.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Nanette Roberts
Senior Pastor, Grace UMC, Olathe, KS
Mainstream UMC Co-Founder & Host Pastor
Grace UMC in Olathe, Kansas is the host for Mainstream UMC. The Center of Grace serves as the fiscal agent and provides financial accountability.
Please make checks payable to:
Grace United Methodist Church
Memo: Mainstream UMC
11485 S. Ridgeview Road
Olathe, Kansas 66061
You can also give electronically at: www.MainstreamUMC.com/donate