Norm Kansfield with his wife Mary and daughter Ann

A Note of Encouragment

The following was sent to Room for All from Rev. Dr. Norm and Mary Kansfield. Norm is a former president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary and former General Synod Professor of Theology. Mary continues to serve faithfully as Room for All’s historian and archivist. They are both founding board members of Room for All. Room…

General Synod Day 6

Today outsights welcomes RfA’s Executive Director, Marilyn Paarlberg, who, along with others, represented RfA at General Synod this year. Prayer After General Synod, 2016 (Based on “God of the Sparrow,” a hymn by Jaroslav Vajda. Tune: Roeder, by Carl Schalk. # 272 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.) God of the lesbian, God of the gay, God…

General Synod Day 4

Today OUTsights welcomes guest blogger, Synod guest, and board member Deb Tiemens.     When Room for All asked for space in which to hold an inclusive worship service today (the first Sunday of General Synod), the request was denied.  We instead worshipped and celebrated in the great outdoors, regardless of the wind and uncertain elements.…

General Synod Day 3

This weekend, delegates from around the United States and Canada will convene in Palos Heights, Illinois to begin the Reformed Church in America’s General Synod. Over the course of these 6 days, OUTsights will be hosting reflections and prayers from Room for All board members and staff that are present as delegates or guests. Today…

General Synod Day 2

This weekend, delegates from around the United States and Canada will convene in Palos Heights, Illinois to begin the Reformed Church in America’s General Synod. Over the course of these 6 days, OUTsights will be hosting reflections and prayers from Room for All board members and staff that are present as delegates or guests. Today…

Let Justice Roll Down

Recently, on a foray through social media, I came across a trending story from the Washington Post: the United Arab Emirates, in a desperate bid to increase their average rainfall, was looking into the feasibility of building a man-made mountain. Whoa. That’s possible?! A quick online search verified that the journalist was not delusional- not…

Reconciliation

Two weeks after the RCA “Special Council,” I’ve come to realize that the experience has taken up residence in my life. The mental and emotional aftermath—reading, reacting, responding, reporting, reflecting—has been ongoing, and implications for the church, when they come, sometimes catch me by surprise. Case in point: I wasn’t thinking about the Special Council…

To Not Feel Queer

Alison Bechdel is a well known lesbian cartoonist and the author of “Fun Home,” a memoir which chronicles her own coming out experience as well as her tumultuous relationship with her closeted gay father. The musical adaption of “Fun Home” earned five Tony Awards in 2015 including Best Musical.“Ring of Keys” is a song from…