Live and Love Like Jesus

So, it turns out this posting every day thing is pretty challenging, first of all because my life is pretty unpredictable, and second because other people’s lives are also unpredictable, to me and probably to them as well. Nonetheless, we have a new installment today in the #WeAretheRCA series, this one by Amy Nyland. If…

Transforming

Today’s contribution to the #WeAretheRCA series is from the Rev. Susan J. Hetrick, who serves at the Oasis Renewal Center in Arizona. Dear General Synod 2016; I was unable to attend General Synod in person this year, but I watched on Livestream, and I could not believe what I was seeing. I am so dismayed and…

A Legacy of Inclusion

Today’s letter is from Rev. Susan Joy Huizenga Cleveland, an RCA Minister of Word and Sacrament, VA Chaplain, and ally with LGBTQIA family members.  Dear Synod, While you were meeting last week, I was quite distracted by taking care of my dying father.  I thought I was beyond caring what your bureaucratic body was talking…

Home

This letter is part of the series, #WeAretheRCA. The author, a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the RCA, has chosen to remain anonymous. If you are an LGBTQ+ person or ally who has been affected by the recent decisions of General Synod 2016, I welcome letter submissions at revstacey@gmail.com. The letters will be posted one…

Neighbors

Today’s letter to General Synod 2016 comes from Marilyn Paarlberg, Executive Director of Room for All. Dear General Synod 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about neighbors lately, and neighborhoods, and neighborly hospitality.  It started when I was putting together some remarks to share at the Special Council in April. I said that as I…

Consequences…and Benefits

A guest letter from Rev. A to the General Synod of 2016; one of a year-long daily series called #WeAretheRCA. To submit your own letter, leave a comment here or email to revstacey@gmail.com. Dear General Synod 2016, I would like to share with you some of the consequences of your actions. I understand that many…

Disappointment

A letter to General Synod 2016 from Jason. In viewing the GS 2016 live stream, I was grieved that the RCA went the way of the country, having to either be left or right… one side is right, one side is wrong. I heard talk about not being of this world. In reality, it would…

#LMGTFY

Dear 2016 General Synod, “The gays.” “Homosexuals.” “A cancer.” “Abomination.” “Sinners.” These are some of the words you used to describe LGBTQ+ people. They are not the words we use to describe ourselves. But you, who cannot be bothered to Google or ask, insist that you love us. Not only that, you demand that you be…

Vows

Today we continue a series of letters to the General Synod of 2016 from LGBTQ+ people and allies affected by the votes this year. The author of today’s letter is the Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, M.S.W. (he/him/his) is believed to be the first openly-gay, person-of-color ordained in the Reformed Church in America, ordained to the office…

The Easy Way Out

For the next year, until General Synod 2017, I’ll be posting a letter a day to the General Synod of 2016 in a series called “We Are the RCA.” The hope is to also turn these letters into an artistic expression that can be displayed at General Synod next year. If you are an LGBTQ+…