After having been a part of staff at RMN since January 2015, Rev. Lois McCullen Parr has announced that it is time for her to move on from her position as the Northern Regional Organizer, effective November 1st, 2017. Lois has helped to shape and grow the movement in ways for which RMN will be forever grateful.
Reflecting on her time at RMN, Lois says, “As a lay person, I started volunteering with the then Reconciling Congregations Program many years ago, but joining the staff of RMN has given me an opportunity to know the movement from its heart. I’m grateful for my staff colleagues and the many, many volunteers who lead annual conference team witness across the connection–they have taught me so much, and they have shown me what faithfulness and hope look like.”
RMN is incredibly thankful for Lois’ ministry, and having her on staff for the last two years has been a great joy. We know that though Lois is called in new directions, her passion and work for justice will continue, and she will remain an active part of the movement.
Lois explains, “While I will no longer be on staff, I’ll never be far from the movement–I’m an Elder in the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus and I’m committed to working for LGBTQ justice in the church that taught me about Jesus. I’ll be continuing to serve on Extension appointment in the anti-racism ministry that I’m called to–and I also know that I’ll be seeing the Reconciling family at the next Convo!”
In preparation for this transition, we have realized that our staffing needs to be restructured. Particularly in light of the upcoming back-to-back general conferences, the movement will require engagement and participation from every angle. RMN recognizes and has responded to the need to be strategically staffed during this crucial time by deciding to hire one Regional Organizer for the North Central Jurisdiction and another for the Northeastern Jurisdiction.
We are pleased to announce that we have recently hired Alex Shanks as the North Central Regional Organizer. We look forward to sharing more information about him with you soon, but in the meantime, we are thrilled to welcome him onto the team!.
In the coming weeks, we will make an announcement regarding the North Eastern Regional Organizer position. In the meantime, any questions may be directed to Interim Executive Director Jan Lawrence (firstname.lastname@example.org).