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New Reconciling Ministries

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

Believers in Action at Carlisle UMC in Carlisle, PA

You can see a map of all Reconciling ministries here.

Thank You, Wellspring Donors!

We are so grateful for the 633 Wellspring donors that give on a recurring basis to renew and water the roots of this movement.

The ministry of Reconciliation belongs to us all – educating, inspiring, advocating, organizing, and equipping for LGBTQ justice in the Church – and we are honored to do this work with you.

Pride Week Schedule

This year for Pride, we're hosting events throughout the week to celebrate and honor our community. Here's the schedule. More details about each event are forthcoming:

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 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.

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.

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.

Participate in the Pride Parade(s)!

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 Rev. Emily Bagwell's 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

Rev. Lydia Muñoz writes for MARCHA (Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispana Americana) about the diversity of the Latinx community and its wide past and present of LGBTQ+ affirmation.

It's the one-year anniversary of RMN board member Derrick Luruth Scott III coming out. Reconciling campus minister and worship leader, Derrick speaks poignantly in this post about the tension between serving as a Christ-like example of queer grace and the conflicting messages tolerance could send.

Bishop John Schol of Greater New Jersey writes that Good News and the Wesleyan Covenant Association and its New Jersey affiliate have acted in poor faith, seeking to divide the annual conference and sow disingenuous information.

Rev. Drew Ensz writes about the broken system in which he still finds himself under complaint with no apparent road to resolution 600 days after his public and holy stand of support for LGBTQ inclusion in the Church.

Reconciling Church Lovely Lane UMC in Baltimore, MD, embarks on a renovation project to become more accessible and undertake other developments. Says Erik Alsgaard for BWC: "It was the first time Bishop Easterling preached in a local church in person since the pandemic began last March. And it was the first time Bishop Easterling – the first woman bishop in the 230+ year history of the Baltimore-Washington Conference – had preached at this historic Methodist site, whose first pastor was Francis Asbury in 1772."

Reconciling Job Openings

- NEW 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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