The W. Michigan RfA regional group reminds area supporters that today at 4-6 pm Dr. James Brownson will be discussing his book, “Bible, Gender and Sexuality” at Eerdmans’ Bookstore , 2140 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids. The book will be available on-site at 40% off list price. On Thursday, 5/30 – 7-9pm. “Gay and…Details
The Room for All board is excited to take up the priorities which we discerned at our March 2013 strategic planning meeting. The first was to clarify our vision and mission statements. You may find those statements here, or in the “About” tab at the top of our homepage.
Sunday, May 19th, 6 pm – “Love Free or Die” film screening. See here for details. Sunday June 9th, 12 noon – RfA rostered church members, pastors, and other supporters will walk in the Albany Pride Parade. Contact 201-364-4538 for more info.
Do you sense “something” calling you toward a more LGBT-inclusive welcome in your congregation? Are there a few others who hear that voice? Chances are, your church isn’t ready to host a full “Building an Inclusive Church” workshop, but you might benefit from a mini-introduction to some of the BIC tools. RfA leaders are…Details
We’ve been waiting to announce this! “Hearts Unbound” is a new “reader’s theater” Bible study resource made available by our colleagues at the Institute for Welcoming Resources. Each session celebrates a biblical story of God’s overwhelming, radical love, challenging the binding notions of who’s “in” and “out” in God’s realm. Read more and get the…Details
RCA college students speak out for change. A provocative question at an RCA church. “Another Jesus.” A new book engages the church. These and other topics are unpacked in the latest RfA newsletter. As always, we invite you to read and share.
Here’s the info you need to get your copy of Bible, Gender, Sexuality signed by the author. Look for a review in the coming RfA Newsletter later this week.
By request, we’ve extended the registration deadline for the “Building an Inclusive Church” workshop in New Paltz, NY May 3&4. Come and join others who have already signed up from the RCA, PCUSA, ELCA and UMC to learn how to create an open and affirming climate in your congregation! Register online here by Saturday, April…Details
Upon request, we have excerpted the article, “Reflections on the R-28 Task Force,” which appeared in the Winter 2013 RfA Newsletter.
In this Easter season of already-accomplished new life, we give thanks for the ever-emerging signs of hope for LGBT inclusiveness in the RCA and the church at large. We invite you to be an embodiment of that hope in your family, your church, your campus.
We’ve added a new resource, “Scripture and Moral Discernment,” which was released in January, 2013. Written by representatives of the four Formula of Agreement denominations, the study seeks to address the things that the four communions hold in common regarding Scripture, including what Scripture says and how it functions.
“Building an Inclusive Church” workshops are scheduled this spring in Metuchen NJ (April 19/20) and New Paltz NY (May 3/4). RfA trainers will lead these ecumenical opportunities to learn how to widen your congregation’s welcome to LGBT persons, families and allies. Online or mail-in registration forms are now available through the Institute for Welcoming Resources.