Celebrations and More

The May 2019 RfA newsletter is out, which celebrates several accomplishments and occasions, including our 40th rostered congregation, as well as a series of Regional Celebration Events scheduled for this fall!  We invite you to keep up with our news, and watch this space for more information about the executive director transition and more!

RfA Offers a New Resource

When a congregation goes through the learning process to become welcoming and affirming of LGBTQ people, they often end up learning a lot more about themselves and other marginalized groups within their communities. With that in mind, RfA is proud to offer* a new event-planning resource, “A Wider Welcome.” This document is a blueprint for…

Transition Announcement

Today’s e-newsletter reflects on transitions, and announces that Marilyn Paarlberg, RfA’s executive director since 2010, is stepping down at the end of December, 2019. Marilyn reflects on the important role of transitions in prose, noting, “A well-crafted transition builds on what has happened and seamlessly orients the reader’s curiosity toward what’s coming on the next page.…

Confronting Conversion Therapy

In 2016, General Synod declared that “the RCA does not support the use of reorientation/reparative therapy,” but in states or municipalities where the practice is legal, well-meaning parents still subject their LGBTQ children to some form of this damaging and abusive practice. Room for All is proud to be one of the sponsors of a…

Please and Thank You!

As the year draws to a close, it’s a joy to reflect and give thanks for the vibrant RfA community! A letter of thanks is on its way to all those in our database for whom we have a physical address, which highlights some ways that this community has made RfA’s mission of support, education…

Congratulations, Norman Kansfield!

What a privilege to share the news about the recognition by Union Theological Seminary for the “steadfast and heroic activism” of Dr. Norman J. Kansfield, by conferring a Unitas Distinguished Alumni/ae Award, to “bear witness to the faith and perseverance of living Union alumni/ae who exemplify the Seminary’s academic breadth, its diversity and inclusiveness, and the…

Room for All in Orange City, Iowa

Room for All is delighted and grateful that we’ll be sponsoring three faith-based events during the second annual OC Pride festival in Orange City, Iowa, October 19 – 21. With the gracious approval of the local event organizers, RfA will offer: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION on Friday, A KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY JUSTIN LEE on Saturday,   and WORSHIP LED…