The Hills are Alive

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.” – Psalm 121:1 I took a day of vacation today to do just that – to go to the hills. At least the rolling earth that we call “hills” in Eastern Iowa and hills which (gratefully) my nearly 60-year-old legs still…

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The Fullness of Our Humanity

In June 2018, the RCA General Synod commended the “Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage and Sexuality” for consideration by the Commission on Theology (COT) and the wider RCA.  In response, a diverse group of people from the LGBTQ community, parents, pastors, educators and others shared their thoughts with Room for All and the COT, offering alternative perspectives on a faithful…

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Response to “Great Lakes Catechism”

In June 2018, the RCA General Synod commended the “Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage and Sexuality” for consideration by the Commission on Theology (COT) and the wider RCA.  In response, a diverse group of people from the LGBTQ community, parents, pastors, educators and others shared their thoughts with Room for All and the COT, offering alternative perspectives on a faithful…

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An Open Letter to the Author & Supporters of the Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage & Sexuality

In June 2018, the RCA General Synod commended the “Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage and Sexuality” for consideration by the Commission on Theology (COT) and the wider RCA.  In response, a diverse group of people from the LGBTQ community, parents, pastors, educators and others shared their thoughts with Room for All and the COT, offering alternative perspectives on a faithful…

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Letting Go

I need to let go. Not give up. Just…let go. I was 30 years old when I first attended an inclusive worship service in 1989. I doubt the memory of that experience will ever fade. It hasn’t yet even though I’m nearly doubled in years. I wept. Uncontrollably. As hard as I tried to gather…

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Giving Tuesday

Last week, two people I haven’t seen in some time contacted me. Both of them had very similar requests (purely coincidental). They each needed a member of the LGBTQIA community to interview for a school project. The first friend contacted me on behalf of their high-school aged child, who was completing an assignment for a…

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And the rest

“…With Gilligan, the Skipper too, a millionaire and his wife, a movie star, the professor and Mary Ann, here on Gilligan’s Isle….” This list of names is, of course, a portion of the well-known theme song for the 1960’s show Gilligan’s Island. Something of a “sleeper classic,” the show featured a delightfully predictable premise: what…

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A Roster of Ministers: Why?

Granted, RfA’s decision to launch a roster of welcoming and affirming RCA ministers might seem risky. We knew some might say the list only adds to the polarization that already exists in the RCA. So why did we do it? We offer three ways to answer that question, the most direct of which is, “Because…

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What Kind of Difference is This?

Wes Granberg-Michaelson served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years. We are honored to welcome him today as a guest writer for Outsights!     For about two decades in the RCA my goal was to foster a climate receptive to ongoing dialogue around contentious issues of human sexuality, creating…

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