A Reconciling Ministry
Welcome to Moving Ahead
We are a grassroots group of more than 80 passionate, energized, gifted, and involved Christians connected to Topeka First United Methodist Church and working for justice and inclusion. All are welcome.
September 18 – October 16: A five-week book study, “God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage,” by author Bishop Gene Robinson. Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Topeka First UMC, 600 SW Topeka Blvd.
October 27: “Understanding the Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth,” a presentation by Dr. Peg McCarthy, therapist, at 12:30 p.m. at Topeka First UMC, 600 SW Topeka Blvd.
Please check back for future programs and to visit our Pride Table on various Sundays, before and after worship in the Celebration Room. There you will find information, a lending library, and meaningful conversation with Moving Ahead members.
General membership meetings are scheduled periodically.
Past Activities and Presentations
Dr. Barbara Lukert and Rev. Lee Johnson presented their talk titled “Scripture, Science, and Sexuality” in Klasse Chapel on September 30 with over 90 persons present. The discussion was sponsored by “Moving Ahead,” Topeka First UMC members who support and affirm the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the UMC. You can view their presentations here and here.
Understanding the Needs of LGBTQ Youth
Co-Chairs: Nancy Lewis and Grace Morrison, MD.
Steering Committee: Erin Corbin, Joy Dodd, Randall
Hodgkinson, Nancy Lewis, Grace
Morrison, MD, Mike Morrison, MD, Will
Naeger, and Rev. Sandy Vogel
Contact: Nancy Lewis:
Grace Morrison, MD:
Moving Ahead is a group of people connected to Topeka First United Methodist Church who recognize the pain and uncertainty caused by the Traditional Plan passed by the 2019 Special General Conference. We believe that the traditional plan, as well as the discriminatory language, restrictions, and penalties in the Book of Discipline regarding LGBTQ+ persons, are harmful, hurtful, and wrong, and are contrary to Christ’s commandment to love one another. We believe that we are all created in the image of God and that Jesus taught us to love and be in ministry with all equally, including LGBTQ+ persons, their families, and friends. We welcome, affirm, and celebrate people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
How Do I Join?
Membership is open to anyone who understands our Position Statement, and who wishes to gain more understanding and information about the issue before the worldwide United Methodist Church. The goal of Moving Ahead is to welcome, affirm, and celebrate people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
• is a Reconciling Community with Reconciling Ministries Network as of September 2019. Click here for the Reconciling Ministries Network website.
• sponsored and participated in the Topeka Pride event in September 2019.
• submitted 14 petitions for changes to the Book of Discipline to be considered at the General
Conference in May 2020.
“Resisting evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they may present themselves”
- UMC Baptismal Vows