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Affirmation Celebrates 25 Years

Affirmation will start its 25th observance with RMN's Convocation "Revival!" to be held on Tacoma, Washington's, University of Puget Sound campus in July 2001. [See 2nd article below]

On July 26 during the Pre-Convo, Affirmation will host a forum of story telling. Featuring Elizabeth Andrew, a bisexual, United Methodist, spiritual director, author of Swinging On The Garden Gate. From the stories will come a discussion of our hopes, fears, and dreams, and then an exploration of how Affirmation might be able to address those issues. The event will conclude with a closing worship created by Rev. Dr. Jeanne Knepper, Affirmation's spokeperson.

On July 27 at 5:30 pm, Affirmation will host its 25th Celebration Banquet. Tickets for the banquet are $6.00 if you are register for the convocation, $14.00 if not registered for the convocation. Dinner reservations are due by July 20, 2001. Affirmation will also host the RMN's Saturday night dance on July 28th at 9:00 pm.

Please come to one or all the events. Help celebrate Affirmation's 25th anniverary at University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, Washington.Dinner reservations are due by July 20, 2001. To make your reservation, e-mail at umaffirmation @yahoo.com, or phone 847-733-9590.

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Its Revival! Time!

The Reconciling Ministries Network [RMN] will draw friends and supporters from all parts of the country to its Convocation 2001 July 26-29 at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.

Drawing on the witness and image of Ezekiel 37:1-14, United Methodists who strive for a fully inclusive church will come to connect with others, find support, healing and spiritual empowerment.

The weekend will include powerful speakers, evocative worship, and Bible study and workshop opportunities.

Featured speakers will be the Rev. Douglass Fitch, San Francisco, Rockefeller Fellow, former associate General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry; Margarethe Cammermeyer, Lt. Col. (Ret.) U.S. Navy, Whidbey Island, WA, author of Serving in Silence; and Randy Miller, San Francisco, a leader in the Cleveland protests.

Bible study leaders will be Mary Ann Tolbert, George H. Atkinson Professor of Biblical Studies and Executive Director for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA; and Irene Monroe, an openly lesbian African American theologian and Ford Foundation Fellow.

Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 26. Several pre-convocation forums will be offered including one by Affirmation. Here the Affirmation National Council wants to hear from its membership about what our members would like to see us explore.

The official convocation opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

Affirmation will celebrate its 25 years with a dinner Friday, July 27. Reservations for the dinner are due June 20.

Affirmation will also host a celebratory dance the following evening, Saturday, July 28.

The weekend ends about 1 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

Registration for the convocation closes Sunday, June 24. NOTE: this is cut off of a full month before the actual event!

To register,

Contact the RMN office at 773-736-5526;

Visit the RMN web site at http://www.rmnetwork.org. Hit the button marked convo on the top banner.

Affirmation encourages all g/l/b/t and their families and allies to attend this convocation!

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