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Where Love Lives

Creating a Fully Inclusive United Methodist Church

“Where Love Lives” is a nearly year-long campaign centering on the faith values that have undergirded the Western Jurisdiction’s long-term commitment to a scripturally based fully inclusive ministry.

In the launch video, the Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church remind us who God calls the Church to be: a faithful, inviting, open, safe and loving home for all people.

Click here to read the press release about the campaign. Select resources can be found on this page.

Resources & Posts

Where Love Lives’ campaign dismantles understanding that church is a building

April’s theme, “The church isn’t a building,” demystifies the myth that church is a building. Our buildings do matter, but we care more about the people. This month’s resources highlight ministries and GBCS’s Faith & Facts cards to inspire new opportunities for collaboration and ministry.

A person dips bread in the communion challis

Where Love Lives’ campaign will explore Fair and equal ordination for all in March

As the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church continues its “Where Love Lives” campaign this month, the Greater Northwest Area of The UMC will explore our LGBTQ+ siblings’ call to ministry in a denomination where, by and large, they are still not welcome.

Where Love Lives’ campaign will explore Wesleyan roots in February

February’s theme is “Committed to our Wesleyan roots: The inseparability of Personal Piety and Social Holiness.” Three weekly video series and Wednesday webinars explore theological concepts with a current-day lens, examine our Wesleyan heritage, and engage children across the jurisdiction around timeless Wesleyan values.

Where Love Lives January Resources focus on Marriage Equality

January’s messages for the Western Jurisdiction’s #WhereLoveLivesUMC campaign address a topic that has separated many people from one another, the subject of marriage equality. Use the resources provided by the Desert Southwest Conference to invite your community to find the non-anxious presence of God deep in their souls as we journey together through the month.

“Like Us” – a message of hope as we journey toward the manger

This year has challenged us in so many ways … But, as people of faith, we still follow the star toward a manger in Bethlehem, where God’s love was born into our world through Jesus.

“Like Us,” written by retired United Methodist pastor Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes, specially commissioned by the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area for the Where Love Lives campaign of the Western Jurisdiction. 

Equipping leaders for relational community work

Originally held in November of 2020 via Zoom, the three engagements are offered as part of the Western Jurisdiction’s ‘Where Love Lives’ campaign. In the sessions, three practitioners challenge our thinking regarding mission, community engagement, and cultural humility to help us practice our way into beloved community.

“Seeking to Be God’s Light in the World”

In an Advent message from Greater Northwest Episcopal Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, we remember that we are “Seeking to be God’s Light in the World” in many ways.
“The Christmas story shows us that where love lives, things happen that you never thought possible. Just as God was born in Jesus, God can dwell in us, too, as we grow to love as wondrously as God loves, as extravagantly as Jesus loves our neighbors, strangers, and those we think of as enemies.”

Bishop Hagiya’s Message on “Where Love Lives”

A message on how the Western Jurisdiction keeps scripture primary in being ‘Where Love Lives’ from Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop Grant J. Hagiya.

Bishop Karen Oliveto on Where Love Lives – “I am loved. Seen. Heard.”

Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen P. Oliveto speaks to the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church’s diversity of people and places, emphasizing how it creates a community ‘Where Love Lives’: “We in the Western Jurisdiction delight in the ways the Spirit works through each person, helping build Beloved Community.”