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New Reconciling Ministries

Please give a warm welcome to the newest Reconciling ministry of the movement:

NOMADS Sunday School Class at Rome First UMC in Rome, GA

You can see a map of all Reconciling ministries here.

Proud Asian Mother of a Transgender Son

We are thrilled to share the words of Marsha Aizumi – parent and trans advocate – on the cusp of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month and Pride Month.

Marsha and Aiden are kindly giving away two signed copies of their book, which was reviewed favorably by Dr. Jill Biden, George Takei, and more, to Reconciling United Methodists. Read to learn how you can enter to win one of these copies or how you can read it ahead of their upcoming conversation with RMN.

Read Marsha's Blog Post for RMN

Pride Week Schedule

This year for Pride, we're hosting events throughout the week to celebrate and honor our community. Here's the schedule. 

Sun., 6/6 - 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Pride Worship Service: Love Embodied

Love Embodied is an RMN worship service celebrating the diversity of queer and trans bodies. Service will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Click here to RSVP on Facebook and receive a reminder of the event.

Sun. 6/6 9pm et | 6pm PT – Sun. 6/13 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Virtual Auction

Bid on items and experiences from artwork to a get-away, a fundraising consultation to a writers' workshop, all in support of RMN's mission. Bidding will take place online and end on Sunday the 13th with a live-streamed finale and announcements emceed by Ben Weger.

Tue., 6/8 - 12pm ET | 9pm ET
Letter-Writing to Reconciling Youth

Join us for an hour to write letters to queer, trans, and allied youth in Reconciling ministries around the connection. RSVP and registration instructions here.

Thu., 6/10 - 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Film Screening & Discussion

Join us for a brief screening of an LGBTQ short film followed by a discussion with fellow Reconciling United Methodists. RSVP and registration instructions here.

Sun., 6/13 - 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Virtual Auction Finale

At the end of the auction, catch us live-streaming on Facebook to hear the auction results! Followed by a virtual parade.

Today's the Last Day to Send Your Photos!

Last year's virtual Pride parade was a blast, and we got so many beautiful photos and videos from you, Reconciling family. This year, we're going to do half of our parade at the service on June 6th and half of the parade at the auction finale on June 13th.

Using the link below, drop off photos of yourself, your Reconciling Church, or your Reconciling Community in rainbow or other Pride-related gear! Alternately, you can send us a video that's 10 sec. or shorter. OR, you can make and send a photo of a SHOEBOX FLOAT! Here's an example:

We'd love to share your photos and videos at the end of our Pride worship service on June 6th. Thank you for participating!

Submit your photos to the Pride parade!

In the News & Newsworthy

We honor the life of Bishop Danny Arichea, RMN board member, dear friend, and beloved sibling in the pursuit of LGBTQ+ justice. UMNS shares his obituary.

We are thrilled with the news that Christ UMC Cedar Hill in Portland, OR, has secured a massive grant to help them build affordable housing for LGBTQ+ seniors – an act of faith and great love for marginalized LGBTQ+ people in the Portland community. 

The Western Methodist Justice Movement, an organization supporting the Christmas Covenant legislation, is hosting a webinar this Saturday, June 5, 2021. The focus is on decolonizing the structure of The United Methodist Church and how the Christmas Covenant is a bold step in that direction. An inclusive UMC is not possible without decolonizing our church polity. Register here. 

Rev. Dr. Izzy Alvaran, RMN Organizer, speaks to the Mountain Sky Annual Conference about the meaning of his baptism and God's calling to him as a gay United Methodist elder.

Reconciling Job Openings

- NEW North United Methodist Church (Indianapolis, IN) - Minister of Youth & Young Adults
- Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) - University Chaplain & Dir. of the Wesley Center
- Hennepin Ave. UMC (Minneapolis, MN) - Associate Pastor/Minister of Discipleship
Palisades Community Church (Washington, D.C.) - Worship Coordinator
Trinity UMC (Springfield, MA)Director of Family Ministries and Connections
Resurrection MCC (Houston, TX) - Associate Pastor
- Dayspring UMC (Tempe, AZ) - Youth Ministries Coordinator
St. Stephen's UMC (Norman, OK) - Director of Care Ministries
- Glendale UMC (Nashville, TN) - Staff Pianist
- Grace UMC (Baltimore, MD) - Communications and A/V Specialist
- Bethany UMC (Madison, WI) - Director of Music
- Hope Church (Bloomington, IL) - Director of Worship
- FUMC Arlington Heights (Arlington Heights, IL) - Director of Children & Youth Ministries
- Inclusive Collective @ NIU (Chicago, IL) - Campus Ministry Resident
- Grandview UMC (Lancaster, PA) - Administrative Assistant
- Grandview UMC (Lancaster, PA) - Youth Minister and Media Production
- Arch Street UMC (Philadelphia, PA) - Worship Arts Director
- St. Matthews UMC (Acton, MA) - Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
- HA:N (New York, NY) - Director of Children's Ministry
- The Fountains (Fountain Hills, AZ) - Mission and Outreach Coordinator
Let us know what you think about these upcoming gatherings. 
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