Reconciling Ministries


First UMC of Lombard’s Reconciling Team is on a journey to seek justice for people of all sexual orientation and gender identities.

If you are interested in joining our team or one of our upcoming events please contact Rev. Michael Mann at ( or Linnea (
To learn more about the reconciling process please visit Reconciling Minisitries Network at

Scheduled Events:

TBD – As we are just regrouping as we enter the post-covid shutdown, please stay tuned for additional event information
“Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God: everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love God does not know God, for God is love.” – 1 John 4:7-8 (NRSV)
United Methodists believe that God is Love. We believe that every human heart longs to be loved and to love. We yearn to be assured that God loves us, and we seek to grow in our love for God. Therefore, it is all the more tragic that the inclusiveness of God’s love has become the source of division within our Church.
For more information, please contact
Pastor Michael


In the aftermath of General Conference 2019, our congregation engaged in a discernment process. On Sunday (December 8th) First UMC -Lombard, in a congregation meeting, voted 95% to become a Reconciling Congregation.   Much appreciation to our reconciling team and coach Rev. Debbie Fisher… a new chapter for us…  Our welcoming statement is shown below.
            Team members counting ballots and
Announcement of voting results!

Welcoming Statement 

The First United Methodist Church of Lombard follows Jesus Christ’s example of loving God and serving others. We believe all people are created in the image of God and affirm their inherent sacred worth and dignity. 

We welcome and affirm into full inclusion in the life and ministries of our church people of all ages, races, national origins, physical and/or mental abilities, socioeconomic conditions, sexual orientations, gender identities, faith backgrounds, family configurations, education backgrounds, and any other differences either real or perceived. 

We especially proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in a church. As a Reconciling Congregation, we believe that we are being reconciled to God and to one another.