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An Urban Community For All People

Short North Church is reimagining how God’s love can be shared in the most dynamic, compelling, impactful way. Located in the heart of Columbus’ arts district, we are a bold community of believers who love Jesus and seek justice. A creative, energetic sanctuary that welcomes all people and celebrates diversity. A beacon of goodness that connects, inspires and uplifts our neighborhood and the world around it.

We’re being birthed by the city’s storied North Broadway United Methodist Church, which has a proud heritage of welcoming all, fighting for justice and sharing God’s relevance today.

We are love alive—and on fire.

Always stay up-to-date with our Events page for pop-up services, workshops, small groups and opportunities to give back.

Our LGBTQIA+ Statement

Following the General Conference of 2019 (decision making body for UMC global denomination), queer leaders in our SNC/NBUMC family penned this statement, which was unanimously supported by our Leadership Board and signed by our church family during worship.  A framed copy of this statement is in the gathering space. 

The full statement reads…

“We, the people of North Broadway United Methodist Church and Short North Church, on the basis of our Biblical understanding, reject the recent rulings of the General Conference prohibiting clergy from performing same-sex marriage and prohibiting LGBTQ persons from serving as clergy.  We recognize that the passage of this plan has harmed our LGTBQ family and as such, it has harmed us all. 

We recognize that the recent votes are part of a long and painful history and we vow to continue to struggle against racism, sexism, and classism.  We know that when people of color, women, and those experiencing economic insecurity are harmed, we are all harmed.  The same is true when LGBTQ members of our church are harmed. We will not be silent, and we will not allow our privilege to cause us to turn a blind eye to the harm inflicted on our LGBTQ members, nor on our church as a whole. 

Let it be known that we reaffirm that our doors are open to ALL of God’s children. We celebrate weddings for all prepared couples, regardless of sex. We support LGBTQ clergy and laity serving in all capacities as God has called them. Should the Traditionalist plan be upheld by the Judicial Council (which it was), we shall not comply.  We will continue to be the loving, welcoming church for ALL that God has called us to be. We will not be moved.” 

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