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Nominations for the 2013 awards given by Methodist Students for an All Inclusive Church (MoSAIC), to be given at this year’s convocation, ChurchQuake, are now open. Please use this application form and send via email to mosaic@rmnetwork.org by July 15, 2013. Contact mosaic@rmnetwork.org for more information or questions. Read below for details…

MoSAIC, an extension ministry of the Reconciling Ministries Network, is comprised of students, seminarians, and young adults who affirm all sexual orientations and gender identifications as gifts of God. We claim The United Methodist Church as sacred space for sacred people and call it to be an incarnation of the inclusive kingdom of God. Therefore, we seek to build relationships and engage in conversations with both those who claim the Church and those who struggle to find their place in it.

Each year there is a Reconciling convocation, MoSAIC gives out two awards: the Shepherd of Hope Award and the Planter of Justice Award. Nominations are sought for Young Adults (Planter of Justice) and those supporting Young Adults (Shepherd of Hope) who live out Mosaic’s call for justice in the following ways:

  • Advocate for full participation of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the life and leadership of the United Methodist Church
  • Strengthened communities and relationships through acts of reconciliation and healing in the name of Christ
  • Seek to create change in Church policies and practices which are exclusionary of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families, and their allies
  • Live out Christ’s message of inclusiveness in our churches, schools, and daily lives

In 2011, MoSAIC awarded the Shepherd of Hope Award to the United Methodist-Protestant Community of American University in Washington, DC. Led by Rev. Mark Schaefer, the community not is not only a reconciling campus ministry; it has nurtured life-long Methodists and new ones in reconciling theology, who go on to engage their university community and the broader UMC in fulfilling Jesus’s commandment to love each other and our neighbors, all of them.

Joey Lopez was the 2011 recipient of MoSAIC’s Planter of Justice Award. Joey grew up in Thomasville, NC and began working with RMN in the Fall of 2008. Joey started the first reconciling service during the 2009 Western North Carolina Annual Conference and became an active advocate and organizer for inclusion. Later Joey became a undergraduate intern for RMN and continued his service as a Jurisdictional Organizer for Detroit, Nebraska, Southwest Texas and West Michigan Annual Conferences. Joey was also very involved with MoSAIC’s organizing for both the 2010 and 2011 United Methodist Student Forums. Now Joey serves RMN as a Reconciling Process Coach for the Michigan Episcopal area. Joey has spent eight years in ministry with young people, teaching Christ’s inclusive love and inspiring peace and justice. Joey is passionate about inclusion in the church and world, social justice and political activism. He enjoys organizing and empowering people, especially young people, to claim their God given and inspired voice for peace and justice in the world. Joey hopes to one day be ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church helping queer young people reconcile their faith and sexuality, especially in settings where the two are forced to be separate.

Nominations for the 2013 awards, to be given at this year’s convocation, ChurchQuake, are now open. Please use this application form and send via email to mosaic@rmnetwork.org by July 15, 2013. Contact mosaic@rmnetwork.org for more information or questions.

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