It’s a Revolution!

I was invited to guest blog on The Twelve today. Read my musings on anger, hope, and Pokemon here: It’s a Revolution!

Why?

The author of this letter has chosen to remain anonymous. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally with something to say about the decisions of the 2016 RCA General Synod, please send your letter to revstacey@gmail.com. Dear RCA Synod, Why? Years ago I was accepted into your church…the RCA! I wasn’t raised in church,…

No Questions Asked

Today’s #WeAretheRCA author, Olivia Mancuso, has attended the First Reformed Church in Schenectady since 2011.  In the fall she will return to SUNY Fredonia as a sophomore, where she is a double major in Sound Recording Technology and Applied Piano. To the General Synod of 2016: I have experienced many forms of Christianity in my…

Taking Seriously

Thanks to the Rev. David Pettit for today’s letter to the 2016 General Synod. Submit yours to revstacey@gmail.com. Letters can be published by full name, first name only, or anonymously. Dear General Synod 2016, I have trouble taking your recent actions seriously. Did you know that without health insurance a set of epi-pens that can…

Dissent Within Unity

Today’s letter comes from Caroline Welch, an elder in my congregation, the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Make your voice heard! Please submit your #WeAretheRCA letter to revstacey@gmail.com. Dear General Synod 2016, I write this as a third generation member of the RCA, elected to the offices of both deacon and elder in one of…

The Exhaustion of Fury

  I have been in a rage for at least a solid month. It started at General Synod. If you’ve been following the #WeAretheRCA posts, you know why. And then, about the time that wildfire of anger started to die down toward the slow burn of my normal existence, then Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot,…

In Memory

One month ago yesterday, 49 people were killed in a shooting in Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. While the shooting was mentioned at General Synod, the victims were never named, and little attention was paid to the nature of this tragedy as a hate crime specifically against the LGBTQ community. One of the final acts of…

A Letter to the Churches of the Regional Synod of Albany

Instead of one of our letters to the General Synod, today I’ve decided to repost the letter sent to all churches in the Regional Synod of Albany from the Rev. Nancy Ryan, President, and the Rev. Kent McHeard, Vice President. As people who hold differing opinions around same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ people,  still…

Why Reformed Christians Hate Being “Reformed”

The author of today’s letter is Audrey Edewaard, a 2016 graduate of Western Theological Seminary who was a Corresponding Delegate to this year’s General Synod. Send your #WeAretheRCA letter to revstacey@gmail.com, or if you’d like an additional layer of anonymity, drop me a comment and we’ll make other arrangements.  Dear Reformed Christians and RCA leaders,…

You Don’t Know Who You’re Hurting

The author of today’s letter has chosen to remain anonymous, for reasons I think will become obvious as you read it. This project exists to give voice to this man and others who have been closeted and silenced. If you are an LGBTQ person or ally who has something to share with the General Synod of…

Getting Specific – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37

I suspect that for many of you, this has been a tough week. It has been for me. The daily death toll – first Alton Sterling, then Philando Castile, then the five police officers in Dallas – has left me somehow with too many and not enough words. And then the news and the internet…

Different Perspective

This installation in #WeAretheRCA comes from Gezelle Kingdom-Grier, who attends Maple Avenue Ministries in Holland, MI. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally with something to say to the RCA General Synod of 2016, please send a letter to revstacey@gmail.com. Dear RCA General Synod 2016, I am Gezelle Kingdom-Grier. I am 14 years…