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Waiting on hope, this side of Easter by Mary Ann Kaiser

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Last Friday, love was nailed to a cross and put to death. A three year journey of teaching, healing, and challenging the status quo ended. Hope seemed so far away. The grief on Saturday was so heavy… In a society where happiness is lifted up as the primary goal of life, in a religion where there is little room to grieve and mourn without skipping to the resurrection, and in a culture that hates to acknowledge its own shortcomings, this day is so important for us.

On Holy Saturday we grieved. We grieved over all the times the evils of heterosexism, sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and interpersonal conflict seemed to win. We must sit in the reality that we don’t always know what hope will look like tomorrow. We must acknowledge the guilt and shame we carry over things we should have done differently. It is only when we allow the weight of Saturday – of all our Holy Saturdays – to set in, that we can fully understand the importance and hope of Sunday.

So on your Holy Saturdays, mourn. Be angry. Sit in the difficulty and confusion. The heaviness need not overcome us, we know resurrection comes. Easter has come. But our souls need this space – not forever, but for a day.     Read the full article >>

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New Executive Director, Matt Berryman, starts today

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Today, RMN welcomes Matt Berryman as its new executive director. Berryman, a former United Methodist clergyperson, takes the helm of RMN following the nine-year tenure of RMN’s previous executive, Rev. Troy Plummer and a four-month transition period led by Dr. Randall Miller.

Prior to joining RMN, Berryman served as the pastor of United Methodist congregations in the Jacksonville, Florida area. “I’m honored to join RMN and look forward to working with a network of faithful congregations and individuals who are passionately listening to the ways God calls us to be a church where all people are welcomed,” said Berryman.

RMN board chair, Rev. Bonnie Beckonchrist, praised the selection of Berryman. “In my opinion, there is no more important work right now than reminding the church who it is called to be. Matt is a passionate, creative leader who is committed to mobilizing communities in support of LGBTQ inclusion, and we are delighted that he is serving RMN as our next executive director.”     Read the full article >>

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Convocation: earlybird, scholarships, nominations, & Joseph Tolton

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RMN’s convocation early bird registration and scholarship deadline is fast approaching! Be sure to register by April 30th for the reduced rate! Direct any scholarship questions to rachel@rmnetwork.org. Also, MoSAIC, RMN’s young person ministry group, is taking nominations for awards to be given out at convocation.

One of our speakers at ChurchQuake will be Pastor Joseph Tolton. He serves the LGBT community as a voice for spiritual freedom, social justice and economic empowerment. As a professional man of faith, Pastor Tolton is the National Minister of Global Justice for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and the Associate Pastor for Social Justice for Rivers at Rehoboth Church in Harlem. His ministry provides leadership to TFAM’s justice initiatives outside of the United States. As a public advocate, Tolton serves as the Director of Africa Affairs for The Global Justice Institute. In this capacity, he provides pastoral care and strategic consulting services for several LGBT advocacy groups in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. As an entrepreneur, Tolton is the Managing Director of Blur Communications.

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Help us grow Reconciling communities in your Conference

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Nobody knows your particular setting better than you. Are you aware of a Sunday school class, congregation, or other community that might be ready to explore becoming Reconciling? Help RMN become aware of potential communities in your conference and we’ll help them take the next step. Please take a moment to complete this survey, letting us know who might be ready to learn more. Also, check out these upcoming Reconciling process coach training dates:

April 5-6, 2013 – Greater New Jersey (Red Bank, NJ)
April 12-13, 2013 – North Texas Conference (Dallas, TX)
April 19-20, 2013 – Minnesota Conference (Twin Cities, MN)
April 26-27, 2013 – Pacific Northwest Conference (Bothell, WA)     Read more >>

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DOMA and Prop8 come to Washington

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Last week, the country’s eyes were on the US Supreme Court as we listened to oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Releasing their decision later in June, the court is expected by many to rule in favor of marriage equality, but how sweeping the decision is for the entire country remains to be seen.

No doubt you witnessed the outpouring of support on social media, at local vigils, and in Washington DC. An unprecedented 173 coalition partners collaborated to make history at the Supreme Court and around the country, organizing more than 10,000 people at over 170 events in all 50 states. Two Reconciling United Methodists, one seeing visions and one dreaming dreams, wrote their reaction to the powerful week. RMN also lifted up the voice of some who felt silenced by the coalition.

As we watch the nation continue to wrestle to give equal protection under the law, we also continue to witness the faithfulness of couples and communities who celebrate same-gender weddings, participating in Altar for All, a movement of Biblical Obedience that values and embraces the love and commitment of all people, regardless of gender.

As always, your passion, support, and prayers uplift the work of our organizations to have a witness for LGBTQ equality. Working together, love prevails!

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