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2011 Winter Katalyst

2011 Winter Katalyst

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Winter 2011 Katalyst|1
Matt and Fred dreaded family visits at Christmas time.Nancy, Matt’s mom, had said condemning things and eventried to disinvite them from family gatherings. While Nancymerely tolerated them, their Grandma refused to excludeMatt and Fred. Even though they expected the worst, theywent anyway. Three weeks later, while Matt was out of town, Fred came home to an unexpected voicemail. “Hi,Fred, it’s Nancy. I was worried you might be lonely or mightforget to eat. Take care of yourself while Matt’s away.”Matt says his mother’s heart was strangely warmed, butdoes not know what sparked this initial acceptance. Thispowerful transformation happened silently throughout thevisit; in between the cranberry sauce and the embarrassingchildhood stories, love began to put down roots. Nancy sawher son and his husband in a new way not because of anargument, but because they told stories about their daily life.We know that the power of transformative relationshipsis not limited to families. When we truly listen, in-lawsbecome beloved parents, strangers become treasured friends,and opponents become respected colleagues. Our storieswitness to God’s real love for every single person.Thousands of United Methodists have already beentransformed by your stories, and in this fourth year of Called to Witness, we Believe Out Loud Together (BOLT).We believe in God’s creative love. We believe In Jesus’command to love God and neighbor, and we believe God istransforming our church through stories each and every day.Are you ready to be an ambassador of reconciliation bysharing your story? Will you say yes to God, and to your brothers and sisters who are waiting (even if they do not yetknow it) to hear your story and be transformed?Learn to tell your story and take the next step for inclusionat a BOLT training this spring. Visit www.rmnwitness.org/calendar to nd a training near you and get started!Recently, 36 of our bishopssigned onto a statement advocatingthe elimination of ¶ 304.3 from
The Book of Discipline (2008)
.I received that news with greatjoy but also a tinge of pragmaticregard. I have been the victimof bigotry and oppression for solong that I have ceased to expectany law or repeal of law to be ableto eradicate racism, sexism, homophobia, and so on. Theseare matters that require both work of agents of God and thesanctifying move of the Holy Spirit.I entered this work of active agitation against our currentdespicable polity that asks its clergy and members to live alife of hypocrisy because – simply put – I love the Lord. Asa queer Black United Methodist clergywoman, I understoodthe risks but it is not the rst time I have understood mycalling as a responsibility to do “risk taking ministry.” Nor is it the rst time my sense of call has been challenged on thebasis of who I am. I received a call to ministry during the late70s. Men stood in my face shaking their nger at me tellingme I was going to hell because, “God never called a womanto preach. “ When I joined the United Methodist Church in1991, my Pentecostal friends told me I was going to hellbecause, “Those Methodists aren’t saved.” And through itall, I have had churches that would not receive me because Iam Black and according to some, “They just aren’t ready for Black folks yet.” Through all this, I have deed bigotry andsought to make our church and world a better place because,again, I love the Lord.Now, as our children look to us for direction our youngadults grow weary of the insanity of our laws and our members hope for a more relevant and inclusive ministry.I invite you to take courage, join the movement with RMN,and, as always, continue to pray for our Church.
WWW.RMNETWORK.ORG
KATALYST
NEWSLETTER OF RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK
VOL. 28 NO. 1 WINTER, 2011
A Calling to “Risk Taking Ministry”
by Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, RMN Board Member 
Transformed by Love
By Audrey Krumbach
Reconciling Process Webinars
This free on-line series provides resources for your Reconciling journey and connects you with teamsfrom churches, classes and campus ministries in theReconciling process.Register today by contactingrachel@rmnetwork.org or 773-736-5526
Starts April 3rd! 
 
2|Katalyst Winter 2011
Two values are absolutely prima-ry in Western Tennessee: family, andscripture; while neither is simple, bothare life giving. One of the leaders on thenewly formed Memphis ACT marchedin the local pride parade with a signstating: Christian Homeschooler for Equality. Southern families are rarelyquiet places of gentle dissent; more of-ten they are embodied in rowdy dinner tables with a large serving of argumentbut a larger portion of love. However,some of our families have been bro-ken or devalued by our churches, andthe Memphis ACT included both thosewho had been hurt, and those who hadpreviously stood by and watched, un-sure of how to respond.This year, the Memphis ACT gath-ered to learn how to gracefully andpowerfully respond to church policies,culture, and language which do harmto our family. Naming the teachings of Jesus and his constant ministry to theoutcast and excluded, the ACT plansto gather again and invite more UnitedMethodists to share their stories andseek a path towards inclusion together.Many people believe California isan inclusive state, but the 2008 referen-dum to end marriage equality disprovesthat myth. Therefore, the California-Nevada Reconciling ACT is answeringthe need to offer education, awarenessof bullying, and leadership towards fullinclusion for our church. In January,the ACT gathered to tell their storiesand plan an Annual Conference wit-ness. To raise awareness of the dead-ly consequences of bullying, rainbowwooden images will represent each per-son who has committed suicide sinceApril 2008 (the date of the last UnitedMethodist General Conference). Theywill also invite the Annual Conferencemembers to work immediately to enddiscriminatory policies by passing peti-tions for the 2012 General Conferenceto change the current denominationallanguage about sexuality.
California–Nevada
Highlight: Annual Conference TeamsNew Reconciling Communities
Congregations
Minnetonka UMC of Minnetonka, MNQuapaw Quarter UMC of Little Rock, AR Light on the Hill UMC of Puyallup, WAChrist Church UM of New York, NYMorgan Park UMC of Chicago, ILDruid Hills UMC of Atlanta, GAProvincetown UMC of Provincetown, MASellwood UMC of Portland, OR 
Communities:
Odyssey Class at University UMC of Austin, TXPower and Light SS Class at North UMC of Indianapolis, INNEIGHBORS at El Dorado County Federated Church of Placerville, CA
RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK
mobilizes United Methodists of allsexual orientations and genderidentities to transform our Churchand world into the full expressionof Christ’s inclusive love.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian AdkinsHelen AndrewRev. Bonnie BeckonchristRachel Birkhahn-RommelfangerVincent CervantesRev. Dr. Daniel DissJayson Kerr DobneyGiselle LawnRev. Dr. Pamela R. LightseyMadelyn MarshRev. David MeredithRev. Joshua M. NoblittRev. John OdaRev. Dr. Karen OlivetoRev. Dr. Bruce RobbinsRev. Dr. Derrick SpivaMonica L. SwinkBishop Melvin G. TalbertJoy T. Watts
RMN STAFF
Meg Carey
Business Manager
James Dalton
Communication/Technology Coord.
Rev. Carl Davis
Director of Development
Stephanie Harris
Admin & Donor Relations Associate
Rachel Harvey, deaconess
Associate Executive Director
Audrey Krumbach, M.Div.
National Organier
Rev. Troy Plummer
Executive Director
by Audrey Krumbach
Cal-Nevada Annual Conference Table 2010
Rather than highlighting a single congregation, we bring you two Annual Con-ference Teams (ACTs) who are organizing in new ways.
Memphis
 
Winter 2011 Katalyst|3
I Wish I Could Do More
“I wish I could do more”Those words are frequently penciledin the memo section of donation checkswe receive here at the RMN ofce andthey always make me smile.They make me smile rst becauseI know the person who wrote the note truly cares aboutRMN’s mission to transform our Church and world into thefull expression of Christ’s inclusive love, and I know that, inmost cases, there is a way for that donor to do more than sheor he may realize.Consider RMN’s donor Julianne. Julianne made her rst donation to RMN in 2000.She shared what she couldafter taking care of her needs.A few years later, she was ableto make a second donation toRMN. Those two donationstotaled $200 and truly did helpRMN do much good duringthose years. But, Juliannewished she could do more – and she knew how.Julianne knew that during her life her giving was limitedby her income but by making a planned gift to RMN, Juliannecould make sure that the mission of RMN would somedayget a huge boost because of her. Julianne knew that througha bequest in her will to RMN, she could make her dream gift.We recently received Julianne’s dream gift of over $30,000 from her estate - much more than she could affordto give to the mail appeal she answered ten years earlier.Finally, it was the gift she truly WANTED to share all her life. Today her gift is being used to fund our new work inCentral Conferences helping totruly transform our Church andWORLD.You can make your dreamgift too when you name RMNas a beneciary in your willor life insurance policy likeJulianne. To learn how tomake the gift you have alwayswanted to make, please contactme, Carl Davis, at (773)736 – 5526 or e-mail carl@rmnetwork.org and ask aboutplanned giving.
Gits in Memory and Honor o...
Annie Ross was honored by Jeanne MartinBeth Olson & Shelly Davis were honored by Barbara & Reg OlsonDeborah Maria honored: Bishop & Mrs. Cal McConnell,Rev. Hazel Anne Burnett, and The RMN Staff Bob & Betty Dorr were honored by Barbara Bredthauer Joy Watts honored: Bob Swing, Reg & Barb Olson,and Mary Ann CarlsonBrittany Cox was honored by Robbie AusleyThe Chapman Family was honored by Melinda Carter David Hosey was honored by Marion HoseyDeborah Maria was honored by Hazel BurnettDr. Brian Watson & The Viceroy SS Class of College HillUMC were honored by Charles ChipmanElizabeth Brick was honored by Judith Patrick Elizabeth Fimbres was honored by Pat CoshlandGeorge Kahl was honored by Mark Gruber Grace UMC of Baltimore was honored by Nancy WebbJeffrey Waymack was honored by Katie LaddJohn, Linda & Dan Lewis were honored by Wesley LewisLeland Spencer honored: Joy & Bill Watts,Kenneth Schoon, and Rev. Grace BerloKevin & Laura Young were honored by Joseph YoungMargaret & Myron Talcott were honored by Bob CavinessMartha Bentley & Becky Sechrist were honored by RichardBentleyNeena Mabe was honored by Heather Bachelder Rev. & Mrs. Emora Brannan were honored by Mark Gruber Rev. James C. Preston was honored by Jane EesleyRev. Nancy Webb was honored by Mark Gruber Rusty Norment was honored by Mary Jo OzmentSt. Andrew UMC was honored by Matthew WinkelThe Hudson Family were honored by Elizabeth StewartThe Monday Covenant Group was honored by Monica Swink Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert was honored by Nizza DiganWayne & David Thibault were honored by Mark Gruber The Weyons/Langin Wedding was honored byRebecca Langin
In Memory of...
Rev. Phil Gillis is remembered by Joy Watts
By Rev. Carl Davis
In Honor Of...
 
“We recently received Julianne’s dream gift of over $30,000 from her estate.Her gift was much more than she could afford to give to the mail appeal she answered ten years earlier but it was the gift she trulywanted to share all her life.” 

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