Monday, November 21, 2011

Arndt's Lutheran Church

We're very pleased today to share the good news that Arndt's Lutheran Church in Easton, Pennsylvania is officially on the roster of Reconciling in Christ organizations. The congregation celebrates a long, rich history dating back to the Hans Bernhard Arndt's arrival from Germany in 1731. They celebrate worship in multiple ways, from traditional to contemporary, and are thrilled to be coming up on the 1 year anniversary of their vote to become Reconciling in Christ (yes, our offices have missed one another several times).
Congratulations on your statement of welcome, Arndt's Lutheran Church, and welcome to the Reconciling in Christ community! We hope to hear much more from you.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Due to our being out of the office, this post is a day late. Please accept our apologies.

Educator and Transgender representative to the board of Lutherans Concerned JamieAnn Meyers wrote a thought-provoking piece for the Huffington Post on Transgender Day of Remembrance. On January 20th, people around the world gather to remember those killed in the past year and beyond during acts of transphobic violence. This year was the 13th annual Day of Remembrance.

Besides remembering those who have gone before us, JamieAnn reminds us of the real trials transgender people face every day:

Transgender people experience significant harassment and discrimination in education, employment discrimination and economic insecurity, housing discrimination and homelessness, discrimination in public accommodations, barriers to receiving updated identification documents, abuse by police and in prison, and discrimination in health care and poor health outcomes. We have a long way to go until our transgender community can stand shoulder to shoulder with gender-conforming people and proclaim that we have equal access to the fruits of justice.

November 20th is a yearly wake-up call to people everywhere that education and advocacy must include the voices and concerns of transgender people if we are to build a world, as JamieAnn says, where "all people are respected, accepted and welcomed at the table where each of us is fed and nourished without regard to gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, social class or economic situation, ability, or age."

For more information about Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit http://www.transgenderdor.org/.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The 2011 MN Give to the Max Day couldn't come at a better time for Lutherans Concerned/North America






As you are probably already aware, LC/NA has been down a staff person since May 2011. Our work continues to grow and so must our staff and volunteer base in order to meet the many opportunities and needs already presented.

We are ready to bring on a new Grassroots Organizing and Training Coordinator, but must have your help to raise an additional $30,000 to achieve that goal.  Thanks to a generous $10,000 matching gift pledged by the Beckler Family of the Woodlands, Texas, we already have 1/3 of that goal!  But we still need to raise an additional $20,000 from our membership base TODAY so that we can have the $30,000 in-place to allow us to announce the new hire on December 1, 2011.  Please prayerfully consider a donation of any size to help us take this step forward in our ministry!

Here's how you can help:

* Visit (http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Lutherans-Concerned-North-America-4) BEFORE 11:59pm (Central Standard Time) on Wednesday, November 16th.

* Make a donation on the right side of the page.  (A large number of donations during peak periods of the day may cause delays. If so, please simply try again.)

* Ask your friends and other LC/NA supporters to also make a donation. Forward this email, post on Facebook, Twitter it up. Let other supporters of full participation join us in Lutherans Concerned/North America.

GiveMN.org's Give to the Max Day amplifies your giving impact in a number of ways:

* Win a Golden Ticket! $1,000 will be given to a random donor's charity every hour between midnight and 11:59pm (Central Standard Time) on Wednesday, November 16. You could be that donor!  Are you an early bird or night owl? Donating outside of "normal" business hours will increase your chances of increasing your gift.

* Win the Grand Golden Ticket! At 11:59pm one donor will be randomly selected to win the Grand Golden Ticket.  $10,000 will be given to that donor's charity.  You could be that donor!

* Any donation given through GiveMN.org will be MATCHED dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

* Put us on the Leader Board! Your donation on November 16, could put us on the leader board to win an additional $5,000, $7,500, $10,000 or even $20,000 for the most number of donors for our nonprofit. Help us get "on the board!

Emily Eastwood
Executive Director
exec@lcna.org

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Give to the Max, and increase your welcome

The third annual "Give to the Max Day" is just around the corner. Last year, we were able to raise over $14,600 plus $7,000 in matching donations. This year we've secured $10,000 in matching funds and have a goal of $20,000+ from individual donations on Give to the Max day!

GiveMN.org's Give to the Max Day amplifies your giving impact in a number of ways:

• Win a Golden Ticket! $1,000 will be given to a random donor's charity every hour between midnight and 11:59pm (Central Standard Time) on Wednesday, November 16. You could be that donor! Are you an early bird or night owl? Donating outside of "normal" business hours will increase your chances of increasing your gift.

• Win the Grand Golden Ticket! At 11:59pm one donor will be randomly selected to win the Grand Golden Ticket. $10,000 will be given to that donor's charity. You could be that donor!

• Any donation given through GiveMN.org will be MATCHED dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

• Put us on the Leader Board! Your donation on November 16, could put us on the leader board to win an additional $5,000, $7,500, $10,000 or even $20,000 for the most number of donors for our nonprofit. Help us get "on the board!"

Here's how you can help:

• Visit (http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Lutherans-Concerned-North-America-4) between midnight and 11:59pm (Central Standard Time) on Wednesday, November 16th.

• Make a donation on the right side of the page.

• A large number of donations during peak periods of the day may cause delays. If so, please simply try again.

• Ask your friends and other LC/NA supporters to also make a donation. Forward this email, post on Facebook, Twitter it up. Let other supporters of full participation join us in Lutherans Concerned/North America.

Give to the Max Day is an excellent opportunity to let folks know about the ministry of Lutherans Concerned. We hope that you will help us promote Give to the Max Day.

Emily Eastwood
Executive Director
Lutherans Concerned/North America
651-665-0861

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Over 500 RIC Organizations!

It is my proud privilege to announce that with the recent addition of two new Reconciling in Christ congregations we have broken 500 RIC settings, including congregations, seminaries, colleges and campus ministries. Meet our newest RIC congregations:

from stmarksalem.org
Saint Mark Lutheran Church of Salem, Oregon voted on Reformation Sunday to become a Reconciling in Christ Congregation. Founded in the 1920s, St Mark is proud to be the first RIC congregation in Salem. Their statement reads:
At Saint Mark Lutheran Church, we celebrate that Christ has made us one body with many members, all sharing in God’s grace and unconditional love. As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, we embrace all of God’s people, regardless of age, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic circumstance. We believe we are all unique and worthy individuals created by God. We joyfully welcome you to join us in worship, prayer, study, service and fellowship.
Rene Garcia presents the RIC certificate. Photo courtesy of Phil Soucy
Some of our staff recently attended a gathering of regional coordinators in Texas and were able to celebrate with Lutheran Mission of Seguin on the day they received their RIC certificate. Executive Director Emily Eastwood preached at the celebratory outdoor service. Back at the office on Monday the rest of the staff were told that the atmosphere was truly incredible, filled with the presence of the Spirit.

A warm welcome to both Lutheran Mission of Seguin and St. Mark Lutheran Church, and a thank you to all of the Reconciling in Christ organizations across the United States and Canada. We are honored to be part of the work you all do every day. Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church

We're happy to tell you all that Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN, adopted a statement of welcome inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities on October 30th and is now officially a Reconciling in Christ congregation. The church has grown considerably since its founding in 1928 when it met in a rented tent, and now hosts a variety of ministries in accordance with their mission to be "A community of the cross called to confess hope in action."


Congratulations, Nokomis Heights, and welcome to the RIC community!