I am excited about RMN reaching out to develop better relationships with our brothers and sisters from Central Conferences.
As we begin this journey of building bridges, we endeavor to:
- Increase the grassroots quantity of African individuals, donors, action teams, and congregations who publicly denounce violence against LGBTQ persons in action or policy and take action for a broader movement of moral equality in African countries with large United Methodist contingencies (Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Congo etc.)
- Partner with a vital African network of theologians, clergy, and laity who resource a growing moderate faith movement (e.g., United Theological College, Zimbabwe; The Peace Institute, Africa University) .
- Advance leadership development among African United Methodists studying in United Methodist seminaries in the US and resource for action. Develop a network of US partner families with visiting students.
- Amplify messages that support a climate of tolerance in English, French, Portuguese, and Swahili speaking countries in Africa where United Methodists live. Increase the information provided directly to United Methodists from Africa so their decision-making can be more informed and independent of influences such as US based organizations exporting homophobia.
Change won’t be easy but it is necessary. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” (Dr. Martin Luther King April 16, 1963, Birmingham, AL)