Accolades are pouring in for the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel, the Institute for Welcoming Resources and Faith Work Director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, who has announced her departure from the Task Force as of September. Leaders from across the spectrum of national and ecumenical LGBTQ advocacy organizations hail Voelkel as “an…Details
The Institute for Welcoming Resources has just released the completely updated version of “Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit.” The document builds upon the work of many colleagues in the ecumenical welcoming church programs, and is the foundation for BIC workshops. Whether you’re already a welcoming church or just starting to consider what that…Details
Thanks to the generous supporter who made us aware that donating via our website (PayPal or credit card) doesn’t allow donors to specifically designate their gift. If you opt to donate to our “Table Furnishing” campaign online, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that it’s for conference underwriting, and the…Details
Thank you to the fourteen individuals/groups who have already contributed to “Table Furnishing,” our 2013 conference underwriting campaign. Even if you’re not able to attend “Making Room for All 2013” (but we hope you are!), your gift in any amount will make it possible for students at RCA or CRC colleges and seminaries to attend…Details
Online registration for “Making Room for All 2013” will begin on Monday, July 15th at http://www.regonline.com/makingroomforall2013. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email that contains information about need-based travel scholarships. Also, here is detailed information about speakers and workshops. Mail-in registration will also be available soon, along with a publicity brochure & poster.
Thank you to those RfA supporters who are delegates at General Synod, and who have come up to us with checks in hand in response to our appeal for underwriting the 2013 national conference. What a wonderful gift in the context of an RCA gathering! We have distributed many RfA pins and other materials, and…Details
“TABLE FURNISHING” RfA National Conference Underwriting Campaign Everyone who seeks to follow Jesus deserves to be welcomed in the Body of Christ, at the Table of Christ. Participants at Room for All’s national conferences come to the Lord’s Table with the full spectrum of Christ-followers, a sacramental enactment of God’s radical welcome that some have…Details
When you register for “Making Room for All 2013” you’ll be able to select up to three workshops. Registration will be open soon, but you may need some time to weigh your options. Here are workshop descriptions and presenters.
Congratulations to the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, Tarrytown, NY for joining the public roster of LGBT-inclusive congregations! Here is the entire list.
RfA will sponsor a “Building an Inclusive Church” workshop on Friday evening/Saturday, November 8th & 9th, at The Community, an RCA ministry in Ada, Michigan. Online or mail-in registration forms are now posted here. These workshops are opportunities for church members and pastors to gain skills in shepherding a congregational exploration that emphasizes graceful engagement…Details
Rev. Cari Keith, an RfA Board member from Upstate NY, walked in her first Gay Pride parade last Sunday. We’ll let readers of her story decide who was more blessed by the experience: Gay Pride Parade – New Paltz, NY, June 2nd, 2013 A rainbow scarf around my neck and 100 rainbow hearts emblazoned with…Details
Plans for “Making Room for All – 2013” are nearly complete! We hope to start registrations by mid-July; in the meantime, take a look at how things are shaping up!