Look in the Mirror

Re: the General Synod and Room for All. I am a member of Third Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. While I am not fond of labels to narrowly define people, for the sake of clarity, I am married and straight, with friends who are gay, or who have children who are bisexual and transgender. First and…

A Place in the Body of Christ

The #WeAretheRCA project has been quiet for some time, but as General Synod 2017 approaches, a few more letters have arrived. Today’s letter to the General Synod comes from Hava Zuidema, a member of Third Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally who is affected by the decisions of…

Love Our Neighbors

Today’s letter to the General Synod comes from Amy Greene, a wife, mom, elder in an RCA church, and professional who drives a Kia Soul named Juniper. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally who is affected by the decisions of General Synod regarding same-sex marriage and inclusion of LGBTQ people, please consider submitting a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

One Minute

Lisa Bontemps is an elder at Parkside Community Church in Westwood, NJ. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally who is affected by the decisions of the RCA General Synod, please consider submitting a letter for the #WeAretheRCA project. Letters may be published by name, first name only, or anonymously, and may be…

I *Was* RCA

A letter from a formerly RCA, now UCC minister, the Rev. Kenneth Walsh. Dear General Synod 2016, I was RCA. I was baptized on November 25, 1956 at the First Reformed Church in Little Falls, New Jersey and served in RCA for over 40 years. I was called to the ministry and was ordained in…