After serving at Reconciling Ministries Network since the summer of 2014, Rev. M Barclay has announced they will be moving on from their position as Director of Communications on October 13th, 2017. Among other contributions, M has overseen the growth and impact of the communications department for the Network through General Conference 2016, Convocation 2015, more than 15 public complaint processes and corresponding protests, the election of the first openly lesbian bishop, and RMN’s first national gathering of trans and gender non-conforming Christians.

Their passion for intersectional justice, spiritual depth, and trans advocacy coupled with their skills in communications has deepened and broadened the department in vital ways. Their contributions will be missed, even as we trust God’s leading in a new direction.

M remains committed to being a part of this movement, sharing:

“My time at RMN has deeply enriched my life – providing me with not only exceptional opportunities to learn and grow but also to meaningfully engage with some of the most inspiring and faithful change makers I could hope to know. I’m so thankful to have had the privilege of serving the movement in this capacity over the last three years. As I anticipate the birth of a new form of ministry in my life, I am certain my next steps will provide me with the opportunity to remain a present and committed contributor to the Reconciling work for queer and trans justice in The UMC.”

M will remain available for preaching and teaching on matters of faith and justice and can be reached at mxbarclay261[at]gmail.com after leaving RMN.

An immediate job search for the Director of Communications position is underway. Applications are due by Tuesday, September 5th and can be sent directly to jan@rmnetwork.org. Read more about the position by clicking here.

RMN is grateful for all the ways in which M has contributed to the work of this movement through the department of communications and we wish them all the best in their ministry moving forward. M is a beloved RMN family member and we are their strongest supporters as they move forward. Personally, M has made my first two months at RMN easy. I wish to thank them, not only for their significant work at RMN over the last three years, but also for answering what has to total thousands of questions as I have come up to speed.

If you would like to make a contribution to RMN in their honor, click here.

Jan Lawrence
Executive Director
Reconciling Ministries Network

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