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in their home church. Some will belucky enough to hear from one of you what it means to be involved inreconciling work. Others will keeppraying for that connection still un-aware of this vital faith movement of inclusive United Methodists.Even as we celebrated at Justiceand Joy, we knew we needed to comedown from the mountaintop andkeep doing the valuable one-on-onework spreading the word and to also
nd new ways to reach more of thosewho are in need. I’m so excited ourblogging and Facebook communitiesare thriving. Additionally, I’m look-ing forward with great anticipationto a new web tutorial and introduc-tory curriculum coming out in 2010.Maybe we can make it “viral”— wordof mouth keeps rede
ning itself.Tens of thousands are still longingto hear. Who will bring the word tothem? That’s you and me and all of us together…The
elds are ready forthe harvest.
NEWSLETTER OF RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK
VOL. 26 NO. 4AUTUMN, 2009
I’ve Needed YouSeeing Beyond
By Rachel Harvey
Fall is my favor-ite season…andwardrobe. Fromthe vibrant colorsof mums that oftengrace the steps of homes and churches,to the sounds of leaves crunchingbeneath my feet. I love the smellof apples baking into pies and thetaste of apple butter on toast. Ilook forward to the soft landinga pile of leaves provides and thesolid seat of a hay bale on a hay-ride…I love it all! As I think back about my experi-ences of fall, I realized that eventhe parts I’m not so fond of holda memory of things I love. WhileI remember waiting all eveningat an auction to get the best priceon a
at of mums, I also remem-ber the joy my brother and I hadimpersonating the auctioneer.The hours we spent raking leavesafter school balanced out whenwe’d take breaks to jump in thehuge piles we’d created. Now thatmy Nana has passed and my momlives hundreds of miles away Itreasure the hours spent peelingapples and rolling dough for piesconsumed in one sitting. I had tothink long and hard to
nd somepart of baling hay that I enjoyed,I’m not fond of sweating, liftingheavy, scratchy, awkward rect-angles…but I do love community. As much as I fought the activity,baling hay was a way our familycame together and the meals weshared after a long day in the barnprovided a deep communion thatheld us together for a long time.
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Opening Worship at Justice & Joy. More photographs from Convo on pages 4-7.
By Rev. Troy Plummer
“Why didn’t I know about you? I’veneeded you.” This oft heard refrain— as folks discover Reconciling— en-genders hope for the new one whohas found longed-for community andchallenge to those of us who seekto make sure no one is left out of Christ’s inclusive church.Word of mouth is great. It has thehighest rate of engaging new personsin the life of our church and move-ment. The new Believe Out Loudcampaign celebrates RMN’s 25 yearsof ministry. It both strengthens localwork for inclusion in Annual Con-ference teams and builds the largermovement for equality. It is built onthe wisdom of knowing we changewhen we know one another. It is or-ganized, intentional grassroots wordof mouth at its
nest! Yet, there are tens of thousands of United Methodists longing to hearof God’s inclusive love for lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender folk