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CALLED OUT

A press release from the Reconciling Ministries Network.

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October 25, 2002 RMN Board Meets for Fall Session; Proclaims "It's My Church Too!"

Chicago: Motivated by enthusiasm, hope and a spirit of holiness, the Directors and Staff of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) concluded their October 2002 meeting proudly proclaiming, "It's My Church Too!" This insistent phrase leapt from a dissertation presentation by board member Dr. Jamie Stroud, who studied: "Why Gay and Lesbian United Methodists Remain in the Church" . "It's My Church Too!" encapsulates RMN's determination to remind the United Methodist Church that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people expect the church to be true to its mass media marketing theme of "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors."

Directors left Chicago energized by an unexpected gift of $30,000 followed by a challenge gift to raise $30,000 by the end of November, which would be matched dollar for dollar. It's another sign of the Board's renewed commitment to work aggressively for a long-term impact on the church, and to confront the Goliath of exclusivity that oppresses GLBT United Methodists.

Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) honors the courageous witness of its extension ministries: the Parents Reconciling Network, Methodist Students for an All-Inclusive Church, United Methodists of Color, and the Clergy Alliance. Each strengthens the ministry of Reconciling by assuming the leadership to address needs of specific groups. Clarifying revisions were made to the organizational model of RMN and its affiliates. The board elected new leadership for 2003 and beyond. Next year, Jeff Spelman (NJ) will chair the Board with Barbara Ricks Thompson (MD) serving as Vice-Chair, Lisa Racioppi (IL) as Treasurer, and Mary Ann Carlson (OH) as Secretary. Seven new directors were elected to terms beginning in January: Bishop Judith Craig (ret.)(OH), Inelle Bagwell (PA), Patience Whitworth (OH), Glenda Adams (TX), Bonnie Allen (DC), Helen King (NC) and Lisa Racioppi (IL). The Board symbolizes the diverse and colorful faith community of more than 18,000 Reconciling United Methodists. During the meeting the Board acknowledged Executive Director Marilyn Alexander's temporary leave of absence and appointed Cathy Knight as Acting Director.

Excitement now focuses on WOW 2003 in Philadelphia from August 14-17, 2003. RMN is busily planning specific Reconciling events for the first day. Rest assured: it's everything you loved about Reconciling Convocation and more! Mark Bowman leads the WOW 2003 planning team as it combines ecumenical energy to craft an event with rich fellowship, creative worship, and an array of workshops. For WOW 2003 information go to www.wow2k.org.

The Board of Directors has made the choice to move forward with confidence and renewed commitment. Despite the momentary, stinging setbacks of a fearful church, we remain hopeful and determined. How can we continue to be prisoners of hope? How can we challenge our communities to continue spreading the gospel of radical inclusion? Together, that's how!

We offer ourselves to preach, teach and speak on behalf of RMN because "It's My Church Too!" We invite you to join us now and as we move into the exciting years ahead. For more information contact Reconciling Ministries Network, 3801 N. Keeler Avenue, Chicago IL 60641, 773-736- 5526 or http://www.rmnetwork.org.

The Reconciling Ministries Network is a national network of United Methodist-focused organizations advocating for the full inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the full life of the Church. Founded in 1984, RMN consists of 183 United Methodist congregations, 25 campus ministries, 15 Reconciling Communities, and over 17,000 individual members. Organizations involved include the Parents' Reconciling Network, United Methodists of Color, RMN student movement, the Clergy Alliance, and newly formed Church Within A Church.

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