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Matt Berryman serves Reconciling Ministries Network as executive director.  Prior to joining the staff of RMN, Matt spent three years in law school at the Florida Coastal School during which time he worked for churches, law firms, and LexisNexis as a legal editor.  From 2002-2009, Matt served United Methodist congregations in the Jacksonville area of the Florida Conference.  In addition to serving churches in the United Kingdom, he has led training events and workshops for The United Methodist Church, The Fund for Theological Education, Emory University, and the Fellowship of United Methodists for Music and Worship Arts.  He received a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a M.Div. from Emory University.  Although he loves the heat and sunshine of Florida, he anticipates growing to love the charm of cold weather living in Illinois and the perfection of the snowflake!  Matt loves an outdoor concert, a good idea, and his ten year old son, Aidan.

Recent Posts

Jul 21, 2016

Reconciling Ministries Network celebrates with great joy the election of the first openly lesbian bishop in The United Methodist Church (The UMC). This is an historic moment in the movement of LGBTQ persons for spiritual and civil equality both in the church and the public square.  The election of Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, CA breaks through anti-LGBTQ law in The UMC and carries queer people to the highest levels of church leadership.

Jun 01, 2016

There was no headline proclaiming, “Methodist Church OKs Marriage Equality” or “Methodists Finally Embrace LGBTQ People.” Your newsfeed wasn’t lighting up with “Methodists Go Gay!” or, frankly, anything that looked like victory for LGBTQ people in the third-largest Christian denomination in the United States.

Instead, after two weeks of the United Methodist Church’s recently wrapped policy-making conference in Portland, Oregon, the big announcement was “Methodists Avoid Split Over Gay People.”

Jan 06, 2016

When I was in high school, I secretly believed that the idea of God being ‘born’ was simply outrageous. Up to that time, I had been educated according to the scientific method and trained to use the tools of critical analysis that rely upon empirical verification to substantiate ‘truth.’ My education did not leave room for a ‘god’ to swoop in from light inaccessible, break open the laws of nature, and intrude upon earth’s goings-on.

May 28, 2015

The body of Christ includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) persons. All around the world, and throughout the course of history, the church has baptized queer babies, raised them in the faith, and relied on their many gifts, skills, talents, resources, and passion as it has sought to be food for the world. Today is no different.

We are bishops, we are clergy, we are laypersons.

Oct 27, 2014

In 2013, Rev. Frank Schaefer was found "guilty" by the United Methodist Church for officiating the wedding of his son, Tim, to his same-sex partner. Today's news comes from the Judicial Council, the denomination's highest court.

Sep 27, 2013

Editor's Note: This is a follow-up to Reconciling Ministries Network's letter to Dean Love at the Candler School of Theology.

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