Summer 2010 • Katalyst|3
Getting conversation started about full inclusion beyond preaching to the choir is one of our movements greatestchallenges. We know from research and personal experiencethat there is a large section of persons who need support tohelp them be fully inclusive. Either they have a lingering bible question, have yet to experience the harm exclusioncauses, or perhaps are concerned about what being publiclysupportive will mean to them personally in their home, intheir Sunday School Class, in their pew.
, www.rethinkinclusion.org, isdesigned specically with the concerns and questions of the “moveable middle” or “compassionately conicted” inmind. From a beginning one-session tutorial and quizzesto measure familiarity with inclusion and the UnitedMethodist’s exclusive policies to a free downloadable four-week curriculum with video, leader’s guide, and lesson plans,
helps our compassionately conictedSisters and Brothers begin those new discussions in new places.
Rethink Inclusion: Starter Kit for the Moveable Middle
By Rev Troy Plummer
Post, Send Link,Offer Support, Make it viral!
Use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, listservs, personal e-maillist, and other avenues you have access to for distribution.Invite others to share further!Think regionally too: Your annual conference mightannounce it in the newsletter or post it on their website. If youare part of an annual conference clergy group or committee,make sure they get the chance to use the materials too! Sendit to your bishop with a personal note.Always be sure to offer your support as well and beready to share why this is important to you and connectthem further with RMN resources including our blog (www.rmnblog.org), website (www.rmnetwork.org), and staff (773.736.5526)!
Sweet Home UMC of Sweet Home, ORLakewood UMC of St. Petersburg, FLEast Longmeadow UMC of East Longmeadow, MA The United Church and Die VereinigteKirche of Washington, DCDorsey Emmanuel UMC of Elkridge, MDCrawford Memorial UMC of Winchester MASunnyside Centenary UMC of Portland, OR The United Church of Hinesburg of Hinesburg, VTChurch of the Saviour of Indianapolis, IN
New Reconciling Communities
Orange County Community Of ReconcilingUnited Methodists, Orange County, CA The LGBT Outreach Team of SouthAnchorage of Anchorage, AK Ages and Stages ReconcilingCommunity of Salina, KSSeekers Sunday School Class of UnionAvenue UMC of Alliance, OH