First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple

77 W. Washington St., #2
Chicago, IL 60602 USA

Please contact: Carol Emmons

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Give Your Heart Away in the Heart of the City! Whether you are planning a marriage or wish to renew your vows, the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, across from Daley Plaza, offers three ceremony options:

  • Our glorious sanctuary (seating 1,000)
  • The intimate Dixon Chapel (60)
  • The soaring Sky Chapel, 23 stories above Clark & Washington (30)
Recent upgrades offer the latest amenities and our helpful clergy and staff will do all they can to make your wedding day truly special and lay the foundation for a lifetime of marriage. We are convenient to downtown reception venues with plenty of nearby parking.
THE CHICAGO TEMPLE POLICY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Whereas, the First United Methodist Church – Chicago Temple has been a Reconciling Congregation since 1996;

Whereas following the vote to become Reconciling we crafted and adopted our Statement of Welcome and Inclusion which is on every worship service bulletin and in our written publications and online;

Whereas the Statement of Welcome and Inclusion is one of the reasons many of our members were attracted to and became part of the ministry and life of the Chicago Temple;

Whereas our Statement of Welcome and Inclusion has defined our identity to the public and ourselves since its inception: it is who we say we are to ourselves and others;

Whereas, the State of Illinois affirmed marriage equality, which became effective on June 1, 2014; Whereas our Church Council at the June, 2014 meeting voted unanimously to reaffirm our Statement of Welcome and Inclusion;

Therefore, be it resolved, that First UMC at the Chicago Temple will affirm weddings in our church building for all couples that the pastors deem to be ready for this sacred commitment and are prepared to enter into the covenant of Christian marriage.

Therefore, be it further resolved, that in the event that one of our pastors is brought up on charges for presiding at a same-sex wedding, we will support them in whatever ways possible and appropriate, including but not limited to, emotionally and spiritually. We will explore forming a not-for-profit to help defray financial and legal expenses. We affirm that God’s love and grace is available to all. The congregation at FUMC-Chicago Temple reaffirms our commitment to justice and equality. We vow to work within the denomination to change the language of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church regarding same sex marriages so that it may be consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ in loving and accepting all persons in every aspect of Christian life.

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