Congratulations to the Community Church of Keyport, New Jersey, 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.
The short answer is, “Plenty!” This fall, the RfA volunteer Board, regional supporters and Executive Director are: Gathering applications for a full-time Community Coordinator (please apply by Oct. 15). Planning celebration events in Mid-Hudson and West Michigan (If you’re on our mailing list, watch for a Mailchimp notice soon). Hosting an exciting, first-ever conference in…Details
Mid-Hudson Room for All invites you to spend an evening with Sr. Carol Perry, Marble Collegiate Church’s resident Bible scholar, as she addresses misconceptions of the Bible so often used to justify prejudice against gay men and women. She also takes an illuminating look at how and why the Scriptures were created by our spiritual ancestors. October 17th Please…Details
In cooperation with the L.E.A.P. (Love, Education, Acceptance, Pride) group in Orange City, Iowa*, Room for All announces a one-day conference on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Orange City titled “Building an Inclusive Community: Scripture, Science, Story.” RfA trainers will lead a module on strategic storytelling, and two nationally-known guest speakers will address the areas…Details
We’re often struck by the unique and multi-layered circumstances that come into play when people decide to share their memories and experiences about being, or knowing, an LGBTQ person. For some, telling their story is a natural and freeing progression; others take a risk. Today we’re grateful to Ann Clark Carda for sharing the story…Details
With gratitude to God and to our supporters throughout the RCA, the Room for All Board of Directors joyfully announces that we are now accepting applications for our second full-time staff position, Community Coordinator. This comes after months of prayerful consideration, planning and celebration, and we look forward to the expansion of our ministry for…Details
Online sign-up is now open for the “Building an Inclusive Church” workshop Fri. eve. & Sat. Oct. 17 & 18 in Rochester, NY. Here’s the info!
Thank you, thank you! To the 54 individuals or congregations who have already responded so generously to RfA’s new matching challenge campaign, we’re grateful for your gifts and the heart for LGBTQ inclusiveness in the RCA that they represent. During the first month of the campaign, we have raised close to 40% of our goal!…Details
Dear Friends of RfA: A few months ago, RfA released a short film, “Room for Me?” In it, twenty-six LGBTQ people in the Reformed Church in America consider questions about their lives, their faith, and their hopes for the RCA. Their responses are inspiring, painful, gracious and challenging. We had long conversations about how to…Details
We’re excited to announce that RfA will co-sponsor a BIC workshop Friday evening & Saturday, Oct. 17 & 18, 2014 at Incarnate Word Lutheran Church in Rochester, NY. Mark your calendar, stay tuned for registration info, and check here for information about these inspiring and equipping events to effect greater inclusiveness throughout the church!
As of July 17, 2014, nineteen U.S. states have the freedom to marry for same-gender couples: CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, plus the District of Columbia. In an additional fourteen states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to…Details