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Greetings from my RMN home office in Lubbock, Texas. Since the last SCJ update your RMN staff gathered in Chicago where we brainstormed about the coming year and enjoyed meeting our new Associate Director of Communications, M Barclay, our new Deputy Director, Bridget Cabrera, and our new Africa Central Conferences Coordinator, Denise Akpona. These new staff members are getting settled into their new jobs and I cannot wait to begin working together on a regular basis. They are fantastic! On the heels of that meeting my partner, Kevin, and I traveled to Mexico and enjoyed a few days on the beach, the company of several cherished members of our RMN family, and the wedding of two dear friends. I am feeling refreshed, ready for fall temperatures, and excited about the upcoming adventures in the SCJ. And they’re coming!

The pace at which new Sunday school classes and congregations are calling to inquire about the Reconciling process continues to increase. I get such joy from meeting these new friends, hearing their stories, pairing them with a Process Coach, and helping them get started on their journey.

Regional Organizers are in the process of solidifying our goals for 2015 and more Process Coach Trainings are definitely on my wish list. If your conference didn’t host a training in the past 2 years, you’re a prime candidate to benefit from a training in 2015. If you’d like to participate in the organization of a training in your city, I’d love to hear from you!

Last but not least, here are a few important dates to remember:

  • October 22, 2014 – Be in prayer for Rev. Frank Schaefer and the Judicial Council as oral arguments are made and the appeal is decided on.  Follow on Twitter and Facebook using #ministryontrial
  • August 6 – 9, 2015 – Save the date and start your Convo travel fund!  Convocation with MFSA and other Coalition partners will take place in San Antonio,Texas. Don’t miss it!

Grace and peace; justice and joy!

Laura Young
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South Central Regional Organizer
laura@rmnetwork.org
312.448.5309 office
936.581.9401 cell
Celebrating with Oklahoma
On Oct 6 marriage equality came to Oklahoma. And on Oct 15, this happened!
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Additional clergy and lay signatures continue to be added!

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A Look at the Numbers
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The South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ), represented in purple, currently has 105 RCs (Reconciling Congregations, Communities, or Campuses).  
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The South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ), represented in purple, currently has 4,651 individual RUMs (Reconciling United Methodists).

These numbers are great and they can be so much better. Have you registered as a RUM?  Have you shared the opportunity with others? It’s easy, quick, and important!

Share this link with others! Invite them to join the movement!
Connect With Your Local Team
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New! South Central Jurisdiction Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/RMN.SCJ

Arkansas

Joy Williams – arkansasrums@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/arkrums

Central Texas (Ft. Worth area)

Michael Cox – centraltxrums@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/RUMofCenTex

Great Plains

Brian Sutton – brian.sutton@collegehillumc.org

Jeanette Grenz – jgrenz@sbcglobal.net

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/234102623379867/

Louisiana

Rev. Anita Dinwiddie – anita@frenchquarterumc.org

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reconciling-Ministries-of-Louisiana/1450741911820910

Missouri

Kenneth Pruitt – ReconcilingMOAC@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ReconcilingMOAC

New Mexico

Laura Young – laura@rmnetwork.org

North Texas (Dallas area)

Brittany Burrows – burrows.brittany@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/FullInclusionNTC

Northwest Texas (Lubbock area)

Laura Young – laura@rmnetwork.org

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ReconcilingNWTX

Oklahoma

Rev. Jeni Markham Clewell – jeniandpaul@gmail.com

Rev. Scott Spencer

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/575523149175218/

Oklahoma Indian Missionary

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/575523149175218/

Rio Grande

Laura Young – laura@rmnetwork.org

Southwest Texas (Austin/San Antonio area)

Joy Butler – joylbutler@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/swtxrmteam

Texas (Houston area)

Rev. Glynden Bode – glyndenbode@gmail.com or info@btsumc.org

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/BTS.TXC

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