The Board has committed to offering at least 4 “Building an Inclusive Church” regional training events in 2012. Plans are in the works for a mini-event that targets seminary students in the New Brunswick, NJ area (cooperating with our ecumenical partners), as well as 2-day trainings in Central NJ, the New York City/Northern NJ area,…Details
THANK YOU TO THE REV. ANDY LANG, our colleague at the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns, for initiating a prayer calendar for ecumenical partners in the Welcoming Church Programs during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18 – 25. Andy has suggested that each day this week, we pray for our sisters and…Details
We post new resources frequently! Check out a new resources page, Room for All Songs which contains songsheets and MP3’s for two songs written for (and donated to!) our ministry. Under “Preaching Helps and Sermons” there’s a new document with notes on six biblical texts often cited against inclusion.Details
RfA supporters in the Northern NJ area gathered at the home of Bob and Carol Mutch on Saturday, January 7th for a time of fellowship and celebration for the progress that has been made toward LGBT inclusion in the RCA in 2011. Included in the festivities was an elaborate, originally-designed electronic game of “Room for…Details
Dear Friends of Room for All: From his first incarnate breath drawn in the stable out back to his last on a cross outside the city walls, Jesus experienced “no room.” God-with-us knew what it was to be an outsider, and it was especially to those rejected by society that he showed God’s heart of…Details
We’re compiling the evaluations from the 2011 national conference, and will be posting more soon. However, we think you’ll be moved by a response written by Hope College student Mallory Timmer Response to 2011 conference by M. Timmer Check out more on the National Conferences page, including the story of the stole!Details
Here’s the link to read all about our recent national conference, a perspective from Board member Mary Kansfield, and an interview with Dr. Ray Werking: Newsletter Fall 2011 Go to our RfA newsletter page for back issues.
Check out our “Welcoming and Affirming” pages! The “Room for All Churches” roster is up to 12, thanks to the addition of the Allwood Community Church, Clifton, NJ. We celebrate this news with their pastor, Rev. Carolyn Keith, their consistory and congregation! We’ve also received word that the Oct. 30 gathering of supporters in No.…Details
National Conference photos by Jim Kast-Keat are up on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Room-for-All/157206860966317. Take a look!
WE WELCOME THE FIRST CHURCH IN ALBANY to the roster of “Room for All Churches!” For a look at their process toward becoming Welcoming and Affirming, and a copy of their congregational statement, see First Church in Albany Statement & Process.
OUR HEARTS ARE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE AFTER “MAKING ROOM FOR ALL: 2011.” WHAT AN AMAZING, INSPIRING AND HEALING EXPERIENCE! Thank you to Central Reformed Church staff and volunteers for welcoming us unconditionally and wholeheartedly to their beautiful facility. They seemed to anticipate our needs before we asked, and communicated in tangible and intangible ways, “In…Details
From Rob Williams, Room for All former co-president: Along with the entire Room for All Board of Directors, I celebrate the news that on October 18, 2011, the Rockland-Westchester Classis voted to restore the Rev. Dr. Norman J. Kansfield to the office of Minister of Word and Sacrament. Following the action of the 2005 General…Details