We are a community
First and foremost this is a church of the community. Everyone brings their gifts to the table. Members coordinate outreach, provide pastoral care to each other, and facilitate the Sunday Celebration. At the end of the sermon, everyone is invited to participate in an open discussion.
We nurture spirituality
We have small groups that facilitate both rational and spiritual development.
We are inclusive
Our community is honored as it welcomes people of all ethnicities and nationalities. The extended Walker Community includes persons of different faith traditions, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Wiccan, Muslim, and Sufi who wish to walk with us for a while on their spiritual journey.
We are feminist
God is neither male nor female. As such, we at Walker Church do not confine God to the male or female pronoun, but use both interchangeably. Whether our pastor is male or female or neither, we ensure that non-male voices are heard regularly from our pulpit.
We are reconciling
We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. Walker Community is an active Reconciling Congregation within the United Methodist Church.
We welcome the differently abled
We welcome persons who have physical disabilities and persons with mental illness. You will find a caring community here.
A Brief History of Walker Church written by Conrad deFiebre can be found here.
The History of Walker Church, a poem by local poet, the late Larry Williams, can be found here.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Walker Church Statement approved June 5, 2011
Whereas: Walker Community UMC has a welcomed Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual members for several decades and has been a long time member of the Reconciling Ministries program.
Whereas: Walker Community UMC has been intentionally learning and striving to welcome people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Whereas: Walker Community UMC has a history of challenging the status quo and working courageously for peace with justice and mercy.
Whereas: Walker Community UMC has received instructions from the United Methodist Bishop in Residence that it is against church doctrine to perform same sex marriages, and following this instruction has left a lasting wound on the community over the many years.
Whereas: Walker Community UMC is located in a neighborhood with a vibrant community that includes a variety of sexual orientations and gender identities.
Whereas: Walker Community UMC wants to lead in the work to make marriage accessible and meaningful for all members of the community.
Whereas: The Doctrine of the United Methodist church is a direct hindrance to the authentic expressions of welcome by Walker Community UMC.
Therefore Be it Resolved: Walker Community United Methodist Church will welcome all people to use our facilities to have ceremonies of marriage or other appropriate union services as approved by the pastor.
Be it Further Resolved: Walker Community United Methodist Church calls upon and supports our pastor’s participation in these services.
Be it Further Resolved: Walker Community United Methodist Church recognizes that it stands outside the polity of the United Methodist church on this issue. It is our intention to expand and affirm the sanctity of marriage and to lead our denomination in the journey to welcome all people into the circle of our community.