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FIRST REFORMED CHURCH OF LITTLE FALLS, NEW JERSEY

THE 29TH CONGREGATION ON
THE ROOM FOR ALL ROSTER OF WELCOMING CHURCHES

So where do we stand?

Supporters in the RCA frequently ask us that question, or others that imply it.
Usually, they're looking for good news.  They want to know if Room for All is making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people and their allies in the Reformed Church in America.  The first answer is, "We stand firm in solidarity, gratitude, and hope!" And on the heels of that good news, "We're not there yet." Here are some reasons to celebrate, along with challenges or opportunities to do more: 
  • 10th Anniversary National Conference - Registrations are coming in steadily... There are only six days left!  (This is shaping up to be our best conference yet, and is a great way to experience "where we stand." Follow the links to learn more and sign up.)
  • Matching Gift Underwriting - A few months ago, we announced a generous $25K gift from the David and Carol Myers Foundation, and challenged our supporters to match the gift to underwrite the conference. We are grateful to announce that 75 individuals have responded with gifts totaling just under $16,000.  Any gifts between now and the end of the year that are so designated will help defray the cost of this 10th anniversary celebration. Thank you!
  • Room for All Roster - We were delighted to receive the decision from The First Reformed Church of Little Falls, NJ that their consistory has written an LGBTQ-specific public welcoming statement, and has asked to be added to the roster of welcoming and affirming congregations in the RCA. Further, we know that several other congregations are considering taking this step, despite the reality that, in some cases, it would be met with challenge from their classis.  RfA staff or Board members stand ready to meet with consistories to answer questions or share stories.  In addition, one of the workshops at the national conference next month is designed to guide congregations on the "Room for All" journey.
  • Movement in the RCA - The 2015 General Synod approved the formation of a special council to consider recommending constitutional changes to the Book of Church Order regarding ordination or marriage of LGBTQ people in the RCA.  We are grateful that the recommendation was amended to specifically include LGBTQ people as part of the council, thus truly reflecting the "rich diversity of the RCA."  In addition, pending recommendations brought by the Commission on Christian Action, all references to reorientation/reparative therapy will be removed from the RCA website.  Certainly, there are significant challenges inherent in these recommendations; we're not there yet.  Further, LGBTQ students continue to experience marginalization by their peers or even faculty, staff or administration at some of our RCA-affiliated colleges and seminaries.  Please continue to pray and advocate for opening doors in our denomination!
  • We give thanks for all the videos and personal stories that have been shared with us in this 10th anniversary year.  Our new blog, "Outsights," will continue to provide a forum for those stories, and we're grateful to RCA General Secretary Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Edwin Mulder, for helping us to launch this new series.  His "Live and Learn" piece has been met with deep appreciation and requests for printed copies!

Thank you for all the ways you support RfA's ministry, in times of challenge and celebration.  We look forward to seeing you at the national conference in Grand Rapids on October 22nd!

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