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telling a good story

Share the post “telling a good story” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint This is my last day in Columbus in my welcoming church training. It has been an intensive weekend but also rewarding. Yesterday was quite interesting. We did a lot of work on story telling. Story telling is a critical technique to employ when speaking to a group or even an individual. It basically teaches you to deliver…

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more on faith based community organizing

Share the post “more on faith based community organizing” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Yesterday was day 2 of my welcoming church program training. It is education of faith-based community organizing. This was formerly the Lutherans Concerned RIC core team training. LC has offered to expand this training to ecumenical partners. In Columbus, we have about equal numbers of people from the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian and ELCA…

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welcoming church training

Share the post “welcoming church training” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I am in Columbus for weekend training on developing a welcoming church program. The training is specifically about how to approach churches on the issue of welcoming LGBT people into their congregations and making their worship spaces a welcoming place for all people. The principles can actually be applied to other aspects of making groups, workplaces and organizations…

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our day of pride

Share the post “our day of pride” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Saturday we spent most of the day in Cleveland at Cleveland Pride on Northcoast Harbor beside the Rock ands Roll Hall of Fame. We were taking our pal Phil out to dinner for his birthday. We met up with our friends Marc, Dave, Greg and Mike. The seven of us spent a few hours at the Pride…

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Mixed view of the Church

Share the post “Mixed view of the Church” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I struggle to find a single word that can describe my weekend at the Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly. I can’t say that it was brutal or that it was affirming. It somehow lies between the two. It also depends on a particular time and place within the assembly. I think that I can summarize it in…

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Ellen engaged

Share the post “Ellen engaged” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Today Ellen publicly announced that she intends to wed since same sex marriages will be legal in California. She gets a lot of flack since she has pretty much cleansed her show of any LGBT references. I think that it is sanitized for the Mid-America mentality that makes up most of her viewing audience. On the other hand, I…

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Getting set for Synod Assembly

Share the post “Getting set for Synod Assembly” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Early tomorrow morning I am off for a day at the Knight Center in downtown Akron for the Northeastern Ohio Synod ELCA assembly. I am coordinating the Lutherans Concerned and the Synod Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force display in the resource fair. This is our second year of participating in the display area. We…

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Same-sex couples win the right to marry in California!

Share the post “Same-sex couples win the right to marry in California!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Today, California’s highest court ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional, granting loving, committed gay and lesbian couples the dignity and support their relationships have so long been denied. Read the whole story. Share the post “Same-sex couples win the right to marry in California!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Facebook Twitter…

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Does a welcoming church = decline in church membership?

Share the post “Does a welcoming church = decline in church membership?” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint A common theme in Word Alone and other anti-inclusivity blogs, web sites, sermons and documents is that by making a denomination more inclusive and welcoming to LGBT people, the denomination experiences a decline in membership. They frequently point to surveys that show a decline in church attendance and membership over the past…

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Name Calling

Share the post “Name Calling” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint It’s been awhile since I’ve written about church things. I am on several email lists and read several GLBT Christian and Lutheran blogs and web sites. I recently came across a pretty good article that was a reflection on the current state of the sexuality study in the ELCA. It was written by an 80+ year old retired Lutheran…

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