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Exploring Participation in the Reconciling Ministries Network - Shared screen with speaker view
Becky Boland
20:03
Yahoo, Elizabeth! Thank you for your work. ♥️
Judy Jerde
38:53
If it turns out that there is time at the end or if there is a question that Jennifer would like you to respond to, is it OK if we have Deb “promote” you to being a panelist? Judy
Greg Potvin
42:43
The Bible Doesn’t Say The Homosexuality is a Sin
Greg Potvin
44:22
The Bible Doesn’t Say The Homosexuality is a Sin
An analysis of the Seven Scriptures Sometimes claimed to refer to Homosexuality by Janet Edmonds
Debra Dietzman
44:22
Question from Rob Kopp is in the Q&A
Greg Potvin
46:08
Video: Living into Our Inclusive Vision - 2019 Minnesota Annual Conferece
Izzy Alvaran (he/him/his)
50:37
Hello everyone! I’m Izzy Alvaran your RMN organizer in the west coast and the midwest. I came in a bit late, coming from a meeting with West Ohio Reconciling United Methodists. If you need support from RMN, you can contact me as well - izzy@rmnetwork.org / mobile: 510-717-4894. I am so happy you are doing this webinar! Thanks so much!
Jaymee Kjelland
53:33
Our book study was "UnClobber, Rethinking our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality" by Colby Martin. Talks about the 7 "clobbering" passages.Powerful experience for members. Also I recommend Mathew Vines work.
Debra Dietzman
57:38
Hi, Jeanine. Deb Dietzman, web host here. May I share your response to the panelists In the Q&A so all attendees can see?
Elilzabeth Macauley
57:51
I think full inclusion messages can be combed into all aspects of communal life. Rather than as a “set apart” issue, it is part of the weave of who you are.
Elilzabeth Macauley
59:01
Sue, how are you connecting as a congregation during this time?
Jaymee Kjelland
01:00:09
Do many people cite the supposed biblical opposition as a reason for non-support?
Becky Boland
01:01:30
Do No Harm.
Jeanine Alexander
01:01:43
Rob, In Duluth now, First UMC/Coppertop is still the only UM reconciling congregation but with interaction/encouragement/resourcing with other churches and clergy one other UM church has an openly gay clergy, another congregation boldly used our ALL ARE WELCOME - NO EXCEPTIONS sign, and all the clergy are solidly for full inclusion. We staff a booth at the local pride the past 3 years which has connected the community and have had a large presence in the pride parade.
Jaymee Kjelland
01:02:02
Champlin United Methodist has a presentation on Pronouns on our website.
Rob Kopp
01:02:12
In greater Minnesota, I’ve met a number of people for whom being out doesn’t feel safe. This has been getting better, but as recently as three years ago, there were BSU students fearful of being out.
Becky Boland
01:02:21
Will post a link shortly to it.
Becky Boland
01:04:19
Here is a link to the resources (with many study guide opportunities) from Minnesota Methodists: https://www.minnesotamethodists.org/learn-more
Rob Kopp
01:04:26
Safety for LGBTQIA folks is still a real concern. It takes a lot of work in the community for a church to become safe. Reconciling is a step in that process.
Judy Jerde
01:04:43
I will send a resources document to all attendees following the webinar. It will have a link to the Do No Harm document (and information about many other resources).
Becky Boland
01:05:26
Here is the link to the Do No Harm Document: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c89c814b10f25e469bdc481/t/5d03e2efdc2d8b0001a5c873/1560535791425/Do+No+Harm+Toolkit+MM.pdf
Rob Kopp
01:07:33
I think we have a lot of work to do, even among reconciling congregations and community in understanding transgender experience. Pronouns are a start.
Rob Kopp
01:07:52
remember non-binary identity as well
Judy Jerde
01:11:13
By modeling including pronouns when you introduce yourself, it begins to “normalize” doing this and helps to make it safer for others to include pronouns.
Greg Potvin
01:15:20
Robb, the issues you describe about safety and acceptance are so real in rural Minnesota. We have committed to being a safe place, but I think that it is sometimes difficult to get the message out.
Elilzabeth Macauley
01:15:37
Before COVID I was introducing myself at the beginning of worship by my name and pronouns - at our alternative service to begin with. It felt holy.
sueyoung
01:16:17
On our reconciling committee, we felt we were just getting going.. for instance, making our statement, getting ready to vote in the spring, and then Covid 19 hit. I feel we lost our momentum.
Linda
01:17:43
That is where our group is at.
sueyoung
01:20:44
I would like a way to attract more people.. we have had online church but small groups are always led by the same people.. like the people In our committee. Wish more would take an interest
Izzy Alvaran (he/him/his)
01:23:14
There are now over 1300 Reconciling communities and churches, and campus ministries
Jaymee Kjelland
01:23:31
When we became Reconciling, we had more young families join. They were looking for a progressive, more liberal church.
Susan Rostkoski
01:24:36
Thanks, Izzy! I’m so glad that that number has increased to that degree!
Jessica Lanes (She/Her)
01:24:48
Izzy - is that total in the US, or just in the West Coast/Midwest?
Izzy Alvaran (he/him/his)
01:25:03
There are 1,553 Reconciling United Methodists in MN conference
Izzy Alvaran (he/him/his)
01:25:29
1300+ is total…we still have more to do
Jessica Lanes (She/Her)
01:25:30
<3
Izzy Alvaran (he/him/his)
01:26:20
MN has a total of 35 Reconciling communities, churches and campus ministries.
Rob Kopp
01:26:59
It can work both ways… Sometimes being in relationship to LGBTQIA folks in non-church contexts can drive transformation of the church
Mark
01:27:36
I would recommend David Swanson's "Rediscipling the White Church" from a LGBTQ+ vantage point - to understand our systemic racism and non-inclusion.
Rob Kopp
01:28:22
Bemidji did not feel safe on Friday for a whole host of reasons.
Becky Boland
01:29:17
Because our Annual Conference may have voted to be inclusive, but we are not yet the just inclusive church God has called us to be. Conference overall isn’t living into it.
Elilzabeth Macauley
01:29:30
Agreed, Becky!
Elilzabeth Macauley
01:29:42
We have work to do.
Izzy Alvaran (he/him/his)
01:30:19
Remember…people don’t go to church in the AC session. They go to church in your churches.
Jessica Lanes (She/Her)
01:30:28
Amen1
Jessica Lanes (She/Her)
01:30:30
!
Rob Kopp
01:30:35
In my experience, the cultural default for Christianity is not inclusive of LGBTQIA
Becky Boland
01:30:39
The vote was a big win - but it was just a start.
Rob Kopp
01:31:12
thank you for brining Izzy in.
Rob Kopp
01:31:21
bringing
Becky Boland
01:36:48
The Do No Harm Toolkit is here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c89c814b10f25e469bdc481/t/5d03e2efdc2d8b0001a5c873/1560535791425/Do+No+Harm+Toolkit+MM.pdf
Rob Kopp
01:36:53
Yes.
sueyoung
01:37:01
I think all of the above!
Becky Boland
01:37:05
Small Group Resources are Here: https://www.minnesotamethodists.org/learn-more
Rob Kopp
01:39:02
Probably for some of those folks in Greater Minnesota is the concern that their church will be known in the community as the “church that performs gay marriages.”
Rob Kopp
01:40:01
If you don’t have a reconciling or equivalent church in your community, it will change the expression of Christianity as a whole if you become that church.
Jan Grimm
01:40:19
I think some of it is maintaining the status quo—-this is the way it’s always been so why change?
Jessica Lanes (She/Her)
01:41:18
Our church started asking - who is not here that should be here? What can we do to be TRULY welcoming and not just aspiring to be inviting?
Rob Kopp
01:43:38
Thank you so much for having this webinar… and thank you attendees
Izzy Alvaran (he/him/his)
01:44:14
Great work everyone! Thanks for this webinar!
Linda
01:44:15
Thanks for the webinar!!