Parents Reconciling Network (PRN)


Parents Reconciling Network (PRN) is an organization of United Methodist parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer children.

PRN began as an informal group in 1999 when Bruce and Virginia (Ginny) Hilton, both United Methodist pastors and parents of a gay child, brought parents together. Their purpose was to present a visible witness of parents in support of ending the denomination’s anti-homosexual stance and providing their homosexual children the same rights as heterosexual United Methodists at The United Methodist Church’s 2000 General Conference.

PRN Board 

Members of the PRN Board are available to offer help and support to parents of LGBTQ children. Feel free to contact them with your questions.

Blair Barbour — Oak Park, IL
JoAnne Carlotto —
Janet Dune — Austin, TX
Page Hines — Haslet, TX

Alanna Ireland — Norman, OK
Joy Leet — Stanley, NY

Audrey Myers — Elizabethtown, KY
Dave Nuckols — Minnetonka, MN
Carolyn Scott — Kerman, CA
Eric Swanson — San Diego, CA
Rexanna Swanson — San Diego, CA
Kevin Thomas — Tuscaloosa, AL
Cheryl Vaughn — Austin, TX
James Waugh — Grove City, OH

Reconciling Stoles

Started in time for the 2004 General Conference, rainbow stoles have been a part of United Methodist Annual and General Conferences throughout the US, worn by those wishing to proclaim that they are committed to full inclusion of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer person in the life and policy of The UMC. Signifying the diversity of God’s ordained kin-dom, PRN volunteers have faithfully made over 7000 stoles for General Conferences in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and at RMN convocations in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. More are planned for GC 2016.


For questions regarding how to create these stoles, contact Anne at or leave a message at 206.329.3749

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Download the PRN Brochures

God is calling each of us, especially pastors, to give counsel to parents and other family members of persons who are gay , lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). For this reason, PRN has written the brochures below. We invite you to read them and share them with others as you see the need. All are in PDF format and may be reprinted as needed.

Tips for Relating to LGBTQI Youth
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Helping Our Church Welcome
Nine Myths about our LGBTQ Children

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Supporting our Trans and Intersex Children
When Your Child is LGBTQ
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