We understand it to be our Biblical mandate at Oak Lawn UMC to Let Love Continue. This is from Hebrews 13:1-2 which says:
“Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.*
*in line with The United Methodist Church’s Mission
Oak Lawn UMC is a hub of transformative Christian Community that is inclusive, expansive, and entrepreneurial.
We are a Reconciling Congregation, welcoming people of all ages, races, backgrounds, abilities, economic circumstances, sexual orientations, and gender identities into the life and leadership of our church. We commit to advocating for justice and full inclusion of all people in our congregation and in the community we serve.
We, at Oak Lawn UMC, believe that everyone deserves to be:
We, at Oak Lawn UMC, believe that as a church it is possible to offer this to one another when we:
Therefore, as individual parts of the church, we pledge to move towards this corporate reality so that the church can be:
God’s presence in the world.
We are a congregation full of allies as well as those all over the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. As a church, we have engaged in ally trainings and celebrate the diverse expressions of our people.
We often meet people in the community who say, “you’re doing what a church should be doing.” And we couldn’t agree more.
As a church, we try to “walk the walk” by meeting the needs of our neighbors.
It is the heart of Oak Lawn UMC to care for and partner with the oppressed and marginalized so that all of God's children can realize the same love and liberty in unity. Therefore, we don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk through action and social justice in the community.
In regards to the the UMC General Conference amendments, OLUMC supports the “Christmas Covenant.” Our Senior Pastor, Rachel, has been an integral part of the design and implementation team, as evidenced in her travels to the Philippines and Africa in the past year to advocate for the best way forward for the global denomination. Learn more about The Christmas Covenant here.