January 30, 2013

Psalm 119:89-96
Jeremiah 36:27-32
Luke 4:38-44

"The values of God's extravagant welcome and radical inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to advance, even in places where it remains difficult," Schuenemeyer said following the Ecumenical Judicatory Leaders Summit. "There was a richness in the collegiality that engaged these judicatory executives from our ecumenical partners as they worshiped together and shared their experiences and vision for healing and justice." The discussion topics and workshops for the event centered on marriage equality, call processes, anti-bullying training, and the paradigm shift of the 21st century church. The planned goals were to build relationships among the ecumenical leaders, to foster a dialogue about the participation of LGBT people and their families in religious settings, and to open opportunities for partnerships. "Being able to build relationships, and develop from those relationships the kind of trust we need to work across denominational lines on an issue we're all confronted with, has been very helpful," said the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, Southwest Conference Minister for the UCC.

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