About

A church with heart, in the heart of the city… 


Identity Statement 2020

The congregation of Washington Street United Methodist Church praises and serves God from the heart of the city in ways which reach our neighbors near and far. We welcome all who seek the love and mercy of Christ regardless of race, creed, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic status. We honor traditions as rooted in our history, our expression of worship, and our respect for theological curiosity. We nonetheless see vital change and ongoing renewal as essential for spiritual growth.

-Renewal 2020 Identity Statement


Our Core Values

The disciples at WSUMC value the following:

  • a strong faith demonstrated by mission and service;
  • our love for one another and a deep sense of church community;
  • a historic connection with the local community
  • meaningful sermons and an inspirational ministry of sacred music;
  • faith, power, and wisdom emerging from theological study
  • and openness to diversity and inclusion as expressed in the United Methodism’s “open hearts, open doors, open minds” credo

Vision

“Vision is what we are called to do now and in this particular place — given our mission, the values and strengths of our people, and the needs of those around us.”

“Vision is what we are called to do now and in this particular place — given our mission, the values and strengths of our people, and the needs of those around us.”

The United Methodist Church is a global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds for all of God’s children through active engagement with our world. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage by visiting www.umc.org or www.umcsc.org.


Church Council Response to 2019 General Conference

Washington Street is a congregation of The United Methodist Church (UMC). The UMC is divided regarding the equity and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in the life and ministry of the church. As a congregation that embraces diversity and ongoing conversation, many members of our church find the decisions of the 2019 General Conference to be exclusionary, divisive, and not expressive of the gospel message of love and grace for all humankind. We pray that God’s all-inclusive love will prevail.

Washington Street UMC wants all people to know you are welcomed here by a God who loves you and wants a personal relationship with you. In our congregation, it does not matter what you believe (or doubt) or who you love. You are welcome.

Approved by WSUMC Church Council 3/18/19


Historic Vote

Washington Street United Methodist Church (WSUMC) announced that on Monday, July 29, after a unanimous vote, its Church Council approved a recommendation made by the Discernment Implementation Team (DIT) to join the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). This makes Washington Street the only Reconciling church in the South Carolina United Methodist Conference. READ MORE…

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