October 27-29, 2011 is the date for our second national gathering, “Making Room for All: 2011” to be held at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Registration information will follow soon, but mark your calendar for a thoughtful keynote speaker, 6 great workshops, informative plenary sessions, inspiring worship and much more!Details
On Tuesday evening, May 10th, the Presbyterian Church (USA) garnered enough votes to ratify Amendment 10A, thereby removing official barriers to LGBT full inclusion in our sister denomination. For Room for All’s response to this historic vote, go to the home page of the Institute for Welcoming Resources: www.welcomingresources.org.Details
The spring issue of the Room for All newsletter is now available. This, along with past issues, can be found by clicking on the “RfA Newsletters” link in the left-hand column.
CONGRATULATIONS to St. Paul’s Reformed Church in North Babylon, NY! After a careful process of discussions, Bible studies and a final congregational meeting, the Consistory has voted to officially declare St. Paul’s a Welcoming and Affirming church. Thanks be to God!Details
Rev. Norman Kansfield has written a letter to Hope College President James Bultman and the Hope trustees in response to the College’s recent statement on human sexuality— a document which, he believes, “seriously undercuts Hope College’s stated Mission; it short-changes the College’s teaching and research heritage, and it misrepresents the Reformed tradition.” Norman’s response is…Details
Another new Room for All regional group is forming, this time in northern New Jersey! The first meeting will be Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at Ponds Reformed Church, 341 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland. Come and support the growing movement for LGBT inclusion in the RCA! For further information, contact Bob Mutch at email@example.com.Details
A new regional group is forming in the Mid-Hudson Valley, NY. The group’s first gathering will be Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St. in Kingston. Come and be part of this new group of supporters, and help shape their future activities! Please direct questions to Rob Sweeney, firstname.lastname@example.org.Details
The first of two “Building an Inclusive Church” training events took place last weekend in Albany, NY. With grace, skill and humor, IWR trainer Vicki Wunsch led twenty-four participants from 15 RCA congregations in a process of “gracious engagement” around the topic of creating LGBT-welcoming and affirming churches. Enthusiastic participants came away with new insights,…Details