We’ve been thinking a lot about milestones in the last couple of weeks. For starters, RfA offered the first LGBTQ-inclusive worship service during General Synod – a truly joyful and sacramental act of praise. Although we weren’t able to hold it on the campus of Trinity Christian College, a nearby Christian high school welcomed us…Details
Registration for our 10th Anniversary national conference will begin next week! To start your planning, here’s a detailed description of what’s in store. New features, new workshops, an extra day… Is your calendar marked for October 22nd – 25th?
The event that will launch our 10th anniversary year is taking shape! Here is all the information about our celebration dinner: attending, underwriting, or sponsoring a table in person or across the miles. Even if you can’t be in Schenectady, NY to join us on June 22nd, we invite you to make it possible for someone…Details
What: Launching our 10th Anniversary with a Celebration Dinner When: Monday, June 22nd, 6 PM Where: Schenectady, NY Room for All traces our beginnings to the Reformed Church General Synod meeting in June, 2005 in Schenectady, New York; specifically, the ecclesiastical trial of Rev. Dr. Norman Kansfield for having presided at the same-gender marriage of…Details
RfA Board member Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell has written a thoughtful and, some might say, provocative post on “The Twelve.” He envisions a time in the not-too-distant future when, “Graciously, change is coming for us all” in the church’s stance on LGBTQ inclusion. But how will we get there? “Increasingly, I am becoming aware that the discussion…Details
Congratulations to Second Reformed Church in New Brunswick, NJ for their decision to join the growing roster of Room for All Churches, congregations that publicly declare their commitment to welcome and affirm people of all sexual identities and gender expressions! They are the 28th congregation to publicly declare themselves a Room for All church!
Today’s newsletter highlights RfA’s 10th anniversary, and ways that you can help us celebrate: a video, a written reflection, a photograph, your presence at our national conference in October, a contribution. Help us to look back in gratitude, forward in faith as we continue our ministry for the welcome and full affirmation of people of…Details
We’re pleased that our Executive Director will be co-leading a “Building an Inclusive Church” one-day workshop in San Carlos, California on March 14th, and also want to highlight all the other BIC trainings that are scheduled by our ecumenical colleagues in the coming months. These workshops are wonderful opportunities to learn how to widen your…Details
Nearly a year ago, we were pleased to announce that Ponds Reformed Church in Oakland, NJ had joined the roster of Room for All churches. Like other congregations who journey through this important decision-making process, Ponds’ conversation around becoming publicly LGBTQ inclusive was framed within their own unique context; in their case, a history of broad…Details
Trans*? MAAB? Binary? Femme? Terms and acronyms in RfA’s line of work can very quickly get confusing and overwhelming! In the Winter 2012 issue of the RfA newsletter, founding Board member Rev. Stacey Midge published an article along with a helpful glossary of terms. Three years later, it’s amazing how much has changed across the…Details
2015 has already begun to be a year of wonderful growth for RfA! We had previously announced the addition of three new people to our Board, and today are pleased to update our website with this addition. Eric Lawrence, Rev. Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell and Rev. Annie Reilly bring a wide array of gifts to our organization,…Details