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10th Anniversary Launched!

Open Banquet Sets a Celebrative Beginning

RfA went back to Schenectady, NY last month to reclaim it as a city of celebration! Sorrowful events in the RCA took place there in June 2005, but on June 22nd, 2015 we created new memories! Our 10th anniversary opening banquet was an evening of joy with old and new friends as we gave thanks for all that has taken place in our ministry for full LGBTQ inclusion. Thank you to all who supported the event with your presence and your gifts!

Keep reading for more ways to celebrate!

Registration is open for "From Sorrow to Celebration," our 10th anniversary conference in Grand Rapids, MI on October 22 - 24 (plus an optional added day!). A gala opening banquet, inclusive worship, exciting speakers, timely workshops, musical entertainment, a dramatic production, and support-building networks are just some of the opportunities that await participants. Thanks to generous donors, students at RCA colleges and seminaries attend at zero cost, and need-based travel scholarships are available for the first 50 who request them. Click on the links above for all the info, or contact us with questions.
Send us your video!
As part of our anniversary celebration, we're collecting videos.  Click on the photo of Ann Kansfield to hear her describe what the existence of RfA has meant to her. There are others found on our Facebook page, and more are coming each month; we hope yours will be one of them.  If you don't want to do a video, send us something in writing, or a photo.
Speaking of writing... 

"Outsights," an RfA blog, is in the works! During the 10th anniversary year, it will be a forum for your written memories, as well as snippets from early Board minutes. Opinion pieces will also be part of the mix. Coming soon!

Support the Conference with a Matching Gift
You may have received a letter recently inviting you to underwrite the 2015 national conference with a financial contribution. There are times in an organization's history when it's important to gather face-to-face to look back in gratitude and forward in faith. That's what we intend to do in October! Your support will help us make this conference a fitting celebration of how far we've come.  We recently received a generous gift of $25,000 from the David and Carol Myers Foundation. They've agreed to allow us to use their gift as an incentive to raise another $25K.  Whatever you're able to contribute, your partnership in this shared ministry is crucial and appreciated.Thank you!
What do two former RfA Board presidents and our Community Coordinator do on a Sunday afternoon in June?  NYC Pride!
Meanwhile, in Michigan ... Hope Church spreads the love at Holland Pride.  Period!
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