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Kinship Statements and News Items of interest to the LGBTIQ+ Community
STEPS  FORWARD  AND  STEPS  BACK Dear Friends, Since Kinship was founded, we have often found ourselves struggling to share our narrative, our stories, of what it means to be both gay and Adventist. Misinformation and confusion spread quickly, and the truth is often slower to be shared. We strive to present the diversity of experiences, voices, and individuals within the LGBTIQ community as authentically as possible. Our mission, always, has been nothing more and nothing less than to affirm that diversity because of this important truth—everyone is created in the image of God. February was a busy month! There have been s......
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P3100060 200As 2017 begins, Kinship continues moving forward, and we’re anticipating great things! One thing we are doing now is strengthening our leadership around the world. We are always looking for members who are willing to be contact people or region or chapter coordinators. Quite a few of these posts are open now, and I would love for you to contact Member Services and let us know you’d like to help! Just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your participation will help our organization grow. A new marketing and PR approach from our Communication team led by Clinton Sorzano has really brought needed ene......
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km2017A   SDA Kinship’s annual Kampmeeting takes place Thursday, July 6 to Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley.    Kampmeeting is Kinship’s annual conference where we come together to renew friendships, make new friends, enjoy entertainment, renew our faith, and more! This year it takes place in beautiful San Diego, a city in California, United States, known for its beaches, parks, and warm climate.     This year Kampmeeting will be different in format from previous years, and the registration fees do not include meals and hotel accommodations. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to atte......
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meet jhonnyTELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF    Hi, my name is Jhonny. I am 25 and a medical student at Montemorelos University, an Adventist institution in Mexico. I was born into an Adventist family that later turned away from it; however, as the Scripture says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I was baptized at the age of 18 and I have continued my life as a member of the church. HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY?    I realized that I was different sinc......
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ourjourneys both stories same graphic 350   Ronnie was born in 1992 to a family devout to the Adventist faith. He lived what he called the “typical Adventist” life, attending denominational schools, singing in the church choir, being a member of the Pathfinder club (a co-ed scouting group), and even preaching during youth Sabbath programs in his native Uganda.    Uganda is a deeply conservative, landlocked country in East Africa more recently known for hostility and violent attitudes and acts toward those in the LGBTQ community.    Ronnie was well loved and respected by everyone he knew, but this all changed in 2014 when his father discovered tha......
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Friendsfamily 250When my oldest child informed me that she was transgender, I cried. I was confused. I didn’t even know where to turn to talk to anyone, because I knew my church wasn’t prepared to touch the issue. So I started praying and reading. It’s been a couple of years now. My daughter Amy is happier than she ever was during her years of living as a boy. Her teenage siblings accepted her without question; their oldest sibling was simply "regenerating" like in Dr. Who—the same person inside with a different outside.  I didn’t have any relationships with transgender persons prior to my daughter. I was ignor......
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churchrelations 250   Last December was an incredible one for the Adventist LGBT community. I was in Orlando, attending a reception for the National Religious Leaders Roundtable (NRLR) and Equality Florida clergy.     I had opportunities to have initial conversations with Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force; retired Adventist pastor Jim Coffin, who now heads an interfaith LGBT organization in Orlando; and Randi Robertson, a former instructor at AU who has now transitioned to female.    At one of our lunch gatherings, four members of the pastoral staff at the Florida Hospital Adventist Church joined the group. Late in the......
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god and timeBy Regina Araujo    A cold December night more than 2000 ago is the reason why 2.1 billon Christians celebrated Christmas just a few weeks ago. For Christians, that night—a minuscule fraction of time in this world’s history—forever changed humanity, echoing the prophet’s inspiration: Emanuel's presence became a reality.    I would like to think about that time a bit. But first, a question: What is time?    Until the last century, scientists believed that time was eternal and absolute. Why not? After all, everything around us is governed by time—from the powerful sun to the tiny cell. All have a beginnin......
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vol40no7 3Journey - Chapter 14 The Year of Before and After-Part 1    As my graduation approached, I should have been contacting conferences in Canada for a pastoral internship position. I was not. Instead, I returned to Japan, the only place I felt I could serve God and avoid the stress my yet unacknowledged orientation was creating.    While my return was an acceptable option, it did not come from a place of strength. Distress was a common private component of my life. However, this trip to Japan would be unlike any other. Halfway through my two-year term, a life-defining moment occurred.......
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civilrightsmemLessons on Justice and Mercy from the Old Testament By Catherine Taylor One sentence flows across a black granite wall in Montgomery, Alabama: We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Paraphrased from the book of Amos and engraved on a Civil Rights monument, this statement crosses millennia to underscore unchanging lessons for humanity. Today, I will look at three Old Testament teachings about the way mercy, justice, and blessing contribute to safe and benevolent communities: Abraham’s blessing, the Sabbath commandment, and Isaiah 58. I will then share some thoughts about how t......
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