I am Pat Luna

I am Pat Luna

I am Pat Luna (she/her), a cradle United Methodist, lay person, and member of Point Washington UMC in Santa Rosa Beach, FL (AWF annual conference). I’ve been a Jurisdictional and General Conference Delegate, involved in Emmaus, Chrysalis, Kairos, Epiphany, Disciple Bible Study, UMCOR and The Academy for Spiritual Formation, among other ministries.

I have participated and led countless committees at my church, district and conference. I also have served twice on the General Board of Church and Society. In 2001 and 2002, I was sent by Discipleship Ministries to Mozambique, to teach stewardship to the laity and clergy of that Central Conference. I am on the convening team for UMCNEXT and the Board of Reconciling Ministries Network and Mainstream. I am a Denman award winner. As you can see, I have given the best of my prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to the UMC for the better part of my life.

I am committed to Resist Harm because it’s time for me to boldly stand up against the harm targeted at our UMC clergy who are either LGBTQ or allies. As a lay person, it is essential for us to stand and Resist Harm because we can do so much more than our clergy can! Our clergy are being bullied by people and organizations who are threatening complaints and taking away their credentials, call, and livelihood. I for one am willing to stand between the targets of harm and the bullies and say NO regardless of the costs. I do it because God is Love! (It’s in the Bible) and what God calls me to do more than anything else is to be loving.

So, clergy, LGBTQ siblings, I stand for you! Won’t you join me and become a part of Resist Harm? This is our time, laity! Let’s stand up for our clergy and those who are LGBTQ against the harm aimed at them. Stay tuned and please follow #ResistHarm on FB and share it with your friends.

Recent Updates

Prayer of Witness
Pray With those who have another year for preparing to serve as delegates to General Conference, that they may have patience in this time of waiting; With those who live in places where it is unsafe to claim the name of Christ; With those struggling to live Jesus’ way in places where money, power, greed, […]
Prayer of Light
Pray With those affected by natural disasters With those who are in their own dark night of the soul With those who see no hope or light With those around the world weary and searching for hope throughout years of war and disease With those who don’t see God’s promise of resurrection With those trapped […]
Prayer of Lament
Pray With those affected by legislated horror because of their gender identity or sexual orientation; With those who lament inability to serve a church as a pastor because of whom they love; With people of color who face micro-and-macro aggressions day in and day out; With those who lament their decision to cross into this […]
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Latest Resources

February Worship Planning Worksheet
We invite you to incorporate the work of resisting harm into the worship life of your church or group.  This worksheet is a tool for use by individuals or groups, as a starting point for finding ways to incorporate #ResistHarm into regular Sunday worship, small group meetings, or vigils and special services; it includes some starting points, […]
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Liturgy from enfleshed
With a commitment to spiritual and theological depth and the centering of marginalized experiences, conversations, and communities, enfleshed seeks to provide liturgy, devotionals, curriculum, preaching, training, and pastoral care that addresses honestly, tenderly, and directly, the beauty and pain of living enfleshed lives.
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Songs for the Holy Other
The Hymn Society has edited and shares this free volume of hymns affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Visit their site to download.
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