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
West Michigan supporters of LGBT inclusiveness in the RCA: Join like-minded persons at a gathering of the Room for All regional group on Sunday evening, Nov. 4th, from 6-8 pm at Hope Church, Holland. There will be an opportunity for shared stories and concerns, learn about opportunities for advocacy, and consider our hope for the…Details
Registration for the Grand Rapids “Building an Inclusive Church” training is maxed out at 44, and we are regretfully unable to take any more! Thank you to all who shared the word. Registration for the Nov. 9-10 event in Pella, IA is still open at www.welcomingresources.org/communityorg.htm
Our colleagues in the Institute for Welcoming Resources, the faith arm of the NGLTF, have passed along this invitation for people of faith who want to help in one of the marriage equality campaigns this election season: Dear Welcoming Church Colleagues, The number of congregations who, like you, have taken the courageous stand to state…Details
We’re grateful for persons throughout the RCA who gather in RfA regional groups to support, educate and advocate for full LGBT inclusion! The Long Island NY group meets on October 14th at 4 pm at St. Paul’s Reformed Church in No. Babylon; the Mid-Hudson NY Group meets at Woodstock Reformed Church on October 17th at…Details
Good news! Based on feedback from our supporters, we have condensed the schedule for the “Building an Inclusive Church” training event to be held at Central College in Pella, IA. The event will now begin with supper at 5:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 9. The workshop will take place Friday evening from 7-9, and Saturday,…Details
The Long Island region RfA group will be meeting on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:00pm at St. Paul’s Reformed Church in North Babylon. Come and meet with others who want to nurture LGBT inclusiveness in their congregational context. This group is making plans to host an exhibit of “We Have Faith,” a photo/story display…Details
Thanks to Matt and Rev. Emily Ratering-Youngberg, who have revised the print format for their song, “God’s Love is Wide” to make it more user-friendly. Matt and Emily gave the song to Room for All awhile back, and it has been used at various RfA occasions in the months since. Links to the songsheet and…Details
New Utrecht Reformed Church, Brooklyn recently became the 21st RCA congregation to join the roster of “Room for All Churches.” These Reformed Church in America faith communities intentionally and joyfully welcome and affirm persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We give thanks to God for their public witness.