As a Reconciling Congregation, Dumbarton welcomes all LGBTQIA+ people and allies as visitors and members. In 1987, Dumbarton become one of the first churches in the Washington, D.C., area to become a Reconciling Congregation and every year we reaffirm our calling to be a fully inclusive church.
Since 1984 Dumbarton members have published popular introductory books on sexuality and gender, including And God Loves Each One and Dios nos ama por igual (on sexual orientation), Made in God’s Image (on gender diversity), and All God’s Children (on talking with young children about sexuality and gender differences). These books are currently out of print. A few copies are available–contact the church office for more information.
Every year in February we observe Reconciling Sunday, a festive worship celebration, followed by a pancake breakfast (for Mardi Gras) in the social hall. Dumbarton also hosts a table at the D.C.’s Capital Pride Festival in June.
Dumbarton was the first United Methodist congregation in Washington, D.C, to pledge to honor and celebrate same-sex weddings after they were legalized by the District on March 3, 2010. The pastor and a number of other ordained clergy affiliated with Dumbarton are available to conduct weddings for any and all couples.