Passing along this A.P.B. from The Reconciling Ministries Network, a non-profit that is leading the mission to reform attitudes and ordinances within the United Methodist Church in order to "welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the full life of the church".
Even if you are not "believer" these guys are worth a follow on Facebook or Twitter (if you do that sort of thing). If nothing else they have some AWESOME Jesus-lovin' pro-LGBT quotes and graphics that you can use as an official rebuttal to the next homophobic Facebook rant from your Bible-beatin' relatives. I'm not a Methodist myself but it's always nice to balance out all the Westboros and other wackos with a reminder that there are many progressive, activist voices within communities of faith and to see messages of inclusion and unity being shared in the name of religion instead of all the bigotry and crazy-talk that usually gets the attention.
Their coverage of Ferguson and other social justice issues has been pretty incredible too. Probably due in no small part to the fact that one of the organization's directors is the Black, queer, womanist associate dean of the BU School of Theology.
Spread the word! We're looking for additional voices to continue sharing stories, insights, and convictions about what it means to be justice-minded, proudly diverse, and courageous people of faith. If you or someone you know is interested in blogging with us - once or regularly - we hope you'll reach out.
Anyway, they're looking for some new contributors over there - not sure you have to be Methodists, probably should be LGBT or PFLAG - to help spread awareness, increase visibility and promote a healthy, meaningful dialogue within the church.
They've published/re-published some really incredible work in the past. Their blog doesn't currently embed links well but can be found here.
Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you're in or near Chicago they're also hiring.