In 2009 in an effort to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and to provide more information to the members of Heart of Longmont, the Justice Seekers group was formed.
At that time the church was exploring becoming a reconciling member in the United Methodist framework. That designation denoted explicit acknowledgment that Heart of Longmont was open and accepting to all persons regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Justice Seekers offered a study on the United Methodist Church’s social principles. They also invited members to view several movies about the LGBTQ+ movement and held discussions.
A Bible study titled “Claiming The Promise” was part of the information learning process.
After two congregational voting sessions Heart of Longmont became a reconciling congregation in November of 2013.
Activities since then have been participation in the Denver Pride March, Longmont Pride events and workshops outlining how to contact representatives.
Knowing that social action involves voting and influencing legislation, the Justice Seekers sponsored a legislative workshop by the League of Women voters in 2018.
Heart of Longmont became a member of the Safe School Coalition for the St. Vrain School District and hosted many youth and parent events.
Attending the National Reconciling Ministries Network conferences has kept the group current on issues.
In 2012 and 2016 the Justice Seekers made rainbow stoles for the General Conference.
Support for PFLAG and OUT Boulder has been ongoing.
The group has also presented seminars on immigration and gave support for an undocumented woman, Ingrid, and her family who lived in safe sanctuary at a Boulder church. A letter writing campaign to Governor Polis was undertaken to ask for her pardon so she could live freely in the community.
Students who were part of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) were invited to speak to church members and share details of their personal struggles.
Other areas of focus include human trafficking, racial issues, and homelessness.