We’re grateful to Rev. Paul Janssen for sharing an original song, “I Lift Up my Heart,” set to the familiar hymn tune, Slane (“Be Thou My Vision”). Read more about it and other Room for All songs, and access the lyrics here.
Do you want to explore ways to widen your congregation’s welcome to LGBT persons and families? We’re delighted to announce two new BIC workshops, to take place April 19-20 at The Reformed Church of Metuchen, NJ and May 3-4 at The Reformed Church of New Paltz, NY. Contact us with questions; registration will be available…Details
The gathering theme of the Winter 2013 issue is “Ways Forward.” Read a reflection on the R-28 task force, a pastor’s story of exile and new life, a review of Justin Lee’s new book, “Torn,” plans for the 2013 national conference, new “Building an Inclusive Church” workshops and much more. Help us share this resource…Details
Room for All is delighted to be part of the GLBT Celebration – Communion – Compassion event taking place on Saturday, February 9th at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ. Networking at 6 pm, Worship at 7 pm, Reception at 8:30 pm. The event will mark the great progress that has been made toward…Details
The RfA Board welcomes new members Carl Haan, Tricia Sheffield and Cameron Van Kooten to three-year terms; read about them here. We also offer our sincere gratitude to outgoing members Cyndi Boertje, Tom Goodhart and David Van Heest, all of whom have offered significant energy and unique gifts to this ministry for six years. Thank…Details
Celebration, Communion, Compassion! Great progress has been made toward the inclusion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people in many mainline Christian denominations. Come and join people of faith who will gather to celebrate these accomplishments and support those who continue to struggle. We will celebrate our Christian faith, share together in communion, and express…Details
The next meeting of the Northern NJ regional group is Sunday, January 13th, 2013 beginning at 4 pm at the home of Bob and Carol Mutch, 360 Darlington Ave., Ramsey NJ. Updates will be given on several RfA plans and activities, with a casual dinner and socializing to follow. All are invited – please RSVP…Details
Dear Friends of Room for All: One of my favorite contemporary Advent hymns is “No Wind at the Window” by John Bell of the Iona Community. After the season’s first dark weeks of lament over the world as it is, I’m grateful to encounter the angelic “voice in her ear” in Bell’s lyrics: “The time…Details
Rev. Dr. Norman Kansfield, whose trial at the 2005 meeting of the RCA’s General Synod ultimately resulted in the founding of Room for All, was featured in an interview which aired Sunday, November 27th, 2012 on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Here is a link to listen to the interview and read the transcript. …Details
Here is the latest issue of the RfA newsletter. You’ll find a report and pictures of our fall “Building an Inclusive Church” trainings, along with resource suggestions and moving articles by two guest writers. Please help us by forwarding the newsletter to your family and friends.
We’re sorry (and grateful!) that we have had to close registration for the “Building an Inclusive Church” training this weekend in Pella, Iowa due to space limitations. If you missed the round of BICs this fall, be aware that we’ll be scheduling more opportunities in 2013. If you would like us to come to your…Details