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#SPIRITDAY!

On Thursday, Oct 16, millions will be “going purple” to support LGBTQ youth and to speak out against bullying. The color purple represents spirit in the Pride flag and acts as reminder of the spirit that sustains LGBTQ youth, the spirit that ignites us to act and speak up, and the spirit that unites us in creating a more inclusive and just society. To show your spirit and support of LGBTQ youth, take a picture with a sign explaining why you stand against bullying of LGBTQ youth, include the #SpiritDay hashtag, and send it to m@rmnetwork.org. We’ll be posting the pictures throughout the day on our Facebook page and on Twitter. Some examples you may want to use can be found below. Click here for more information.

I’m going purple because 8 out of 10 youth experience bullying at school. #spiritday

I’m going purple because 84.9% of students regularly hear “gay” used in a negative way. #spiritday

I’m going purple because 56.9% of students report hearing negative remarks about gender expression from teachers or other school staff. #spiritday

I’m going purple because everyone should feel supported to be the person God created them to be. #spiritday

I’m going purple because my faith compels me to seek justice and love all. #spiritday

 

PRAYER VIGILS FOR FRANK SCHAEFER

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The Judicial Council, The UMC’s top court, will hear an appeal this Oct 22 at 11AM Central of a decision to reinstate Rev. Schaefer who originally lost his ministerial credentials after performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for his son. When the Council meets Oct 22-25 in Memphis, the Rev. Schaefer appeal is one of five decisions being made concerning LGBTQ inclusion in the church.
Contribute to the Clergy Defense Fund
Organize or attend a prayer vigil in your local area
Attend the vigil in Memphis
Learn about the other LGBTQ inclusion decisions
OK PLACES AD FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
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Following Bishop Robert Hayes, Jr of the Oklahoma Conference comparing the state’s recognition of same-sex marriage to supporting gambling and the death penalty, a beautiful witness to love in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City papers by UMC clergy and laity for marriage equality!

MY JOURNEY FROM NIGERIA TO RMN

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by Dennis Akpona – Moving to Chicago wasn’t really a deliberate decision I made. It was based on several death threats I received working with the men who have sex with men community in Nigeria and also as a gay man. I was arrested twice by the police force all because I was sensed to be gay. I got a lot of phone calls and text messages from the Sharia commission, which operates in the Northern part of Nigeria accusing me of making their children become gay…

Read Dennis’ story…

FREEDOM OF RESPONDING “BISEXUAL”

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by Lois Parr – I was married to a man and our oldest son had been born when someone asked me, “how do you identify?” It seems to me the first time someone had asked me specifically, and it gave me a kind of freedom to respond, “bisexual,” to her, to claim and name the truth of what she experienced in me. She, too, identified as bisexual, and when she mirrored me to myself, it helped me to know and unlock that spoken honesty. There was nothing surprising in it, for her or for me: it was the significance of saying it out loud. And we compared notes on what it had meant to us to hang around with lesbians and feel not-quite-at-home there, to recognize that being attracted to women and men was tricky territory…

Read Lois’ story…

IN OTHER NEWS…

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Nearly 55% of the US population lives in a state with marriage equality. Over 64% will soon. See the thousands of UMC clergy, laity, and congregations who have signed the ALTAR FOR ALL!
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Attention WASHINGTON, DCBuy tickets to this RMN BENEFIT CONCERT before they sell out! Special thanks to Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists!
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PRACTICE SPIRIT, DO JUSTICEOHIO POWER SUMMIT

A Leadership Training for all People of Faith

Akron, Ohio – FRI, OCT 24-26

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MINISTRY WITHOUT FEAR:Growing in Biblical Obedience with Bishop Melvin Talbert and Matt Berryman

McLeansville, NC – SAT, OCT 25

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Building an Inclusive Church TRAINING:Portland OR – SAT, OCT 25

(Pictured: Covenant UMC in Helena, MT for hosting 21 participants last week!)

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RMN JOB OPENING

North Central Regional Organizer

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