Thanks to Rev. Cari Keith for her new contribution to our Resources section. “A Clergy Responds” explores scriptural passages sometimes used to challenge LGBTQ welcome and affirmation in communities of faith, and includes a helpful bibliography.
The room was packed at an RfA-led BIC workshop in Columbus this weekend. The energy, honesty, and passion for an inclusive church were an inspiration to experience! Wondering what you missed? See you in Scarsdale NY April 11 & 12!
What is built up by breaking down? “Building an Inclusive Church” workshops explore how removing walls based on sexual identity or gender expression can help a congregation to more fully reflect who we already are in Jesus Christ – God’s beloved community where all are truly welcome. As an RfA song has it, “God’s love…Details
A fine group of registrations have come in for the “Building an Inclusive Church” workshop in Columbus in a few weeks! If you’ve been intending to sign up, the deadline is this Friday. Looking ahead, RfA will also be co-training at the BIC in Scarsdale NY in April. All the info about these and other…Details
The brand new “Making Room for All 2013” page is bursting with samples of our latest national conference! You’ll find a full menu of videos, audio, photos, reactions, information about purchasing prints and other items that feature the collaborative art response, and much more. We hope you’ll be inspired to share the page widely. See…Details
Congratulations to Hope Church in Holland, Michigan for placing the highest bid for the collaborative painting created by artist Joel Schoon-Tanis and participants at “Making Room for All 2013.” Hope Church is a “Room for All” congregation, and we’re delighted that the painting will have a permanent home in West Michigan!
For almost a year, a subcommittee of the Room for All board has been working with Paul Genzink at Parachute Productions on an exciting new video resource that seeks to respond to Reformed folk who are genuinely searching for a place to stand in the church’s conversations about same-sex relationships, and welcoming people of all…Details
…until the end of our online auction for the collaborative painting by Joel Schoon-Tanis and participants at “Making Room for All 2013.” The highest bid by midnight on January 31st takes it – framed and ready to hang!
In Room for All, we believe that the Gospel compels us to welcome and affirm Christ-followers of all sexual identities and gender expressions. So we decided to invite the reflections of some LGBTQ Christians in Reformed Church settings. Here’s a sample of what’s coming in May: [space]Details
“Building an Inclusive Church” workshops are designed for local church members and pastors who want to begin to explore ways to widen their congregation’s welcome and affirmation of LGBTQ people. You will gain skills in relationship-building, graceful engagement, framing the conversation, how to engage around Scripture, and more. RfA will co-sponsor ecumenical BIC events in…Details
We’re halfway through the online auction for the “Making Room for All 2013” conference painting! Bids close on January 31st at midnight. Click the link on our homepage to be taken to the auction, see where the bidding stands, and enter yours!
The BIC workshop in Columbus, Ohio is coming up Feb. 21 and 22. Room for All will share leadership with Tim Feiertag, our colleague from the ELCA’s welcoming program. These workshops are designed to meet you at your congregation’s unique context, wherever you are on the journey toward opening your church’s doors and heart to…Details