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Pro-homosexuality UM's Plead For Funds To Lobby General Conference

From: U.M. Cornet umcornet@hotmail.com
To: UMCalledOut@onelist.com
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2000 8:25 AM
Subject: [CALLED OUT] RCP Volunteer Needs for General Conference


Table Talk

The Reconciling Congregation guide to getting involved with General Conference

Overview: What's in this guide: Volunteers Key Ingredient in GC Campaign Art Brandenburg Honored Travel Plans Shower of Stoles Seeks Contributions Pledge of Non-Violence Signing Up Reconciling United Methodists "Wide is God's Welcome" Schedule Personal Stories Create Recipes for Justice Breaking the Silence - Sharing My Story Volunteer Form Volunteer Form On-Line Sign Up Housing Form Housing Form On-Line Sign Up


This May, thousands of United Methodists from around the globe will converge on Cleveland, Ohio for discernment and action on the defining characteristics of Methodism, how our church exists amid divisiveness, and how the church will stand on a variety of justice issues- homosexuality being just one. The discernment and action does not solely take place on the floor of General Conference amongst delegates. Considerable witness and education is done by the many volunteers who come from around the country to proclaim the inclusive love of our God.

At the 1996 General Conference, the witness of volunteers deeply touched many delegates who came to the conference either opposed or ambivalent to the justice issues of LGBT persons in the church. Among many other acts of witness and hospitality, these witnesses opened more than doors four years ago- they also opened hearts and minds. You have the chance to be a part of this powerful witness. Many of the efforts planned by RCP and the other justice coalition members rely on the participation of volunteers both at home and onsite. We ask you to prayerfully consider how you plan to be involved.

Between now and May, volunteers are needed to submit stories for recipe cards, make stoles for the Stoles Project, write to General Conference delegates, and sign up Reconciling United Methodists. During General Conference it is important that people are on hand to help with the many and varied witness activities that will be going on. There will be a special MASS WITNESS WEEKEND in the middle of the conference May 5-7. We expect 2,000 people to join us for a time of celebration, witness, and prayer.

Some might ask, "What is there to celebrate?" The answer is, "PLENTY!" What else can we do when there are so many people gathered to testify to the power of God's inclusive love? This celebration and witness will also be going on around the country as General Conference is meeting. Local groups are needed to plan prayer vigils and keep justice issues in discussion in local congregations. These local witnesses are needed to show that we are a diverse church in which many communities will continue to be a prophetic voice no matter what decisions are made at General Conference.

"Wide is God's Welcome- Extend the Table" is the RCP theme for General Conference. Find your place at the table as we proclaim that God's table is big enough for all. Inside Table Talk you will find more and specific information on getting involved. Few of us can do everything, but all of us can do something. There are many ways to get involved in the Witness. All you need to do is RSVP on the back page and we will reserve a seat at the justice table for you.

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Art Brandenberg Honored RCP thanks Jamie and Bill Stroud for their special gift to the RCP General Conference 2000 Campaign in honor of the Rev. Art Brandenburg.

You too can join the Strouds in making a generous donation for our work at GC2000 in honor or memory of a loved one. Please make your checks payable to RCP and note on the check memo line "in honor of" or "in memory of" and the person's name.


$20 will provide a complete RCP resource packet to a new church interested in becoming reconciling.
$50 will provide pizza for our dedicated weekly volunteers who send out 20,000 pieces of mail per quarter.
$100 will prepare 200 people to volunteer with the General Conference Campaign for a more inclusive church.
$350 will provide for a RCP staff member to do regional organizing in an area that needs to hear the Good News of the RCP.
$600 will provide a RCP presence at a national United Methodist forum focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered concerns.
$1,000 will allow a RCP staff member to be immediately available, 24 hours a day, to implement legislative strategies and guide delegate meetings onsite during the entire session of the United Methodist Church General Conference.

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