SDA Kinship News

MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT

La perte de la juge Ruth Bader Ginsberg a rendu ces dernières semaines difficiles, pas seulement pour les femmes des États-Unis, mais pour nous tous. La juge Ginsberg constituait une présence extrêmement consciente et intelligente à la Cour suprême qui a permis de renforcer les droits civils des femmes aux États-Unis, de promouvoir l'égalité des hommes et des femmes ainsi que de se comporter avec grâce et détermination au sein de la plus haute juridiction du pays. Son héritage perdurera en dépit d'un effort concerté pour saper ses efforts. Je suis reconnaissant de ce qu'elle a fait pour les femmes et, en tant que femme non mariée à un homme, je ne serais pas devenu autonome en tant que propriétaire d'une maison et d'une entreprise grâce à son travail d'avocat des droits civils et de magistrat à la Cour suprême. 

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MESSAGE DU VICE-PRÉSIDENT

Le mois d'octobre est un mois passionnant ! C'est un mois de changement. Nous pouvons sentir le temps changer de l'été à l'automne. Durant le soir, l'air est plus frais et on se sent tout de suite plus frais.

Ici, au Texas, c'est normalement le moment de profiter de la fête foraine de l'État du Texas et tout ce qui va avec une sortie à Fair Park - des tonnes de nourriture malsaine à goûter, de nouvelles voitures à vérifier, des gens du carnaval qui essaient de vous faire essayer leurs jeux (et de vous faire perdre votre argent). Pour un Allemand, l'Oktoberfest est un événement à dimension sociale qui est, une fois de plus, associé à un excès de gourmandise. C'est un moment où je peux porter mon Lederhosen (culotte bavaroise) en public et ne pas être gêné.

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La table ronde de family & friends - Compte-rendu mensuel de la réunion ZOOM

Nous avons commencé nos tables rondes mensuelles qui permettent d'établir des liens. Nous espérons qu'elles constitueront un moment bénéfique et personnel propice pour se réunir et partager dans le monde de Kinship. La participation à chaque réunion a augmenté, grâce à vous tous qui avez rejoint notre groupe.

Le dimanche dernier, notre table ronde nous a permis d'entendre les réflexions et les commentaires du pasteur Kris et de Debbie Widmer concernant le film/musique "The Fiddler on the Roof" et ses chansons et dialogues très significatifs sur le thème de l'adaptation aux changements qui affectent la vie. La participation et les commentaires de nombreux participants ont été excellents. Ceux qui ne se sont pas joints à notre groupe de réflexion ont manqué la modification apportée par le pasteur Kris à la chanson de clôture - d'une manière ou d'une autre, Walla Walla, Loma Linda, La Sierra et d'autres lieux traditionnels adventistes ont été intégrés à la chanson. Cette chanson a clôturé en beauté ce débat sur les traditions, le changement et la famille. 

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Message du président

J'ai été très découragée ces derniers temps, comme beaucoup d'entre vous me l'ont dit. Avec tout ce qui se passe dans le monde et dans mon pays, les États-Unis d'Amérique et tout cela est facile de décourager.

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BONJOUR DEPUIS LA DISCOVERY BAY ...

Bonjour depuis la Discovery Bay dans l'État de Washington. Alors que nous nous trouvons dans notre appartement et que nous contemplons les eaux calmes de Puget Sound. Il fait plus chaud que d'habitude, mais au moins nous respirons un air sans fumée. Nous avons quitté la Californie la semaine dernière dans des conditions de fumées et d'incendies extrêmes. 

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Message du président


For me, the last few months have been a hard grind. As a caregiver, I hear lots of folks asking when we’ll ever get back to normal, whatever normal is! And I’m not sure. But it would be overwhelming to focus only on what’s been challenging. So, instead, I thought I’d share just a few of the things that have brought me some amazing moments of joy since you last heard from me. 

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UNIQUEMENT SI NOUS COMPRENONS ...

Recently I read an article sharing the successful accomplishments a primatologist had made over her lifelong desire and goal to help chimpanzees survive and expand. Early in her career, we had the joy of spending a couple of days with her as she shared with college students and later in two public conferences.

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MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT


When 2020 began, who could have ever imagined just where we’d be by July? With the global pandemic, our lives have taken quite a turn. While the effects of COVID-19 have been horrific all around the world, the infection rate has worsened in my country. Without clear and decisive leadership using actual science and making sure every citizen has access to personal protective equipment and accurate testing, there is very little chance that the infection rate will slow down any time soon.

On top of that, some police officers have felt empowered to use their authority to oppress, harass, and kill Black and Brown people. When four police officers killed George Floyd, it was only one of the latest cases to inspire a global movement for racial justice. But it’s not just police officers who feel they have the right to detain, harm, or kill people. A White father and son team shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery and were filmed by a friend doing it. Ahmaud was jogging while Black. Thank God they are all being charged with murder. Protests for justice, for George, Ahmaud, Breonna, Tony, and so many others are still happening every day in major cities across America and around the world! This feels like a real moment for change. I pray that it is.

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41ST ANNUAL KAMPMEETING

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 18, 2020. We will have an abbreviated Kinship Kampmeeting Sabbath program online via Zoom. Start time 12 pm EDT / 9 am PDT.

THEME SONG  We Are Called 
 https://youtu.be/sV7qYyYKMhc   

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CONNEXIONS ZOOM

We humans enjoy connecting. We connect with family members on special occasions. Many of us enjoyed the weekly connections with friends at Sabbath services when they were allowed, and we look forward to returning to those times again.

Connecting allows us to catch up on each other’s lives—travels, special occasions, celebrations—or give support to others during stressful times. We get to share new information, maybe new places to visit, learn new information, or give support that someone else needs. That’s how we can enrich someone else’s life and, in turn, have our own lives enriched and improved. Connecting in person is valuable because you can sense each other’s joys and challenges and give hugs and personal responses. In-person, connections are great.   

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Note officielle de condoléances et de solidarité de SDA Kinship Brasil

SDA Kinship Brasil a pris connaissance, avec grand regret, du tremblement de terre qui a frappé la côte sud du Mexique mardi (23), qui a causé des pertes en vies humaines et d'importantes destructions matérielles. 

En ce moment, les membres de SDA Kinship Brasil, rejoignent les membres de SDA Kinship International dans les prières pour les familles endeuillées et toutes les personnes touchées dans ce terrible événement, en particulier à nos frères LGBTI + membres de SDA Kinship Mexique et SDA Kinship Amérique latine .

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MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT

These last several months in the United States where I live have been extremely stressful for everyone. Quarantining has brought out the best in some people and the worst in many. Incidents of domestic violence have increased significantly as most people have been asked to stay at home. And not only have millions of people lost their jobs, but the number of people who’ve died from COVID-19 in my country has surpassed 100,500.

If the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t hard enough, the most recent attacks against our Black siblings, including Tony McDade, a trans man in Florida, have just been heartbreaking. We must all do our part to stand against racism and hatred every time we see it. It’s way past time for it to end.

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CONNECTING :)

Mankind enjoys connecting with each other. How many of you look forward to seeing and connecting with your own families for celebrations, special gatherings, or just relaxing and having fun together??

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Many Americans are focused on the upcoming presidential election and local elections to be held in November. It seems that with the pandemic situation, many states are working towards holding fair elections. There are also some states that are purging folks from the voter rolls, closing many polling places, and making voting harder in order to influence the outcome of the elections.

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KINSHIP ELECTIONS 2020

 

We are still accepting nominations for the Board of Directors positions listed below. However, we are looking to close nominations by May 15, so you have only a few days to get your name in! Although we have some candidates already, we are still looking for additional members who are talented, creative, and passionate about supporting your SDA Kinship community. 

The following positions are open for election this year:

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EUROPEAN KINSHIP MEETING IS CANCELED


IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING EKM 2020

Unfortunately, the abbey where we planned to have our next meeting went bankrupt as a result of the Coronavirus crisis measures. This means that our reservation for the European Kinship Meeting is CANCELED.

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41st ANNUAL ONLINE KAMPMEETING

41st ANNUAL ONLINE KAMPMEETING

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 18, 2020. We will have an abbreviated Kinship Kampmeeting Sabbath program online via Zoom. Start time 12 pm EST/9 am GMT.

More details to follow. 

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CONNECT - SHARE - SUPPORT

Kinship Family & Friends wants to become experts and promoters of those three actions. 

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NEW VIDEO LIBRARY

SDA Kinship wants to give you all the resources possible to help fill your time during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place.

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CHURCH RELATIONS UPDATE

While it may not seem like it, we’re living in historic times.

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KINSHIP LATINOAMÉRICA


SDA Kinship Latinoamérica te invita a participar de nuestra reunión de Recepción de Sábado vía ZOOM. Este viernes 08 de mayo a las 7:00 PM (Hora de Perú y Colombia).

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REGION 2 - MARYLAND/DC AREA CHAPTER 


Region 2 continues to meet virtually via Zoom for First Sabbath lunch.
 
On the first Sabbath of every month, we meet at noon after attending New Hope via live stream. It's a great way to stay connected to each other.
 
Also, Kumar Dixit will be our speaker at our next vespers on May 15, and you will not want to miss it. We are all disappointed that we're not at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, for our annual Spring retreat where Kumar and his wife, Rej, were to be our guests for the weekend. We plan to have them join us when we are once again able to return to the beach for our mini-Kampmeeting.

Region Coordinator:
  Yolanda Elliott  

 

Message from the President


Important information about Kinship Kampmeeting 2020...

VOLUNTEER WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

Are you stuck at home and have free time on your hands? The Kinship Communications Team is asking for volunteers to help us organize our resources, and plan for the future. We are looking for volunteers to:
  • Review and describe our list of resources
  • Review and Caption videos from previous Kampmeetings
  • Join our Social Media Team to curate and schedule content for future postings
  • Join the Publishing Team to curate and create content for the Connection magazine
  • Help translate content into other languages
  • Review areas of the Kinship website and provide feedback

Send an email to communications@sdakinship.org if you would like to volunteer!

KINSHIP ELECTION 2020

We are still planning to have our 2020 election of directors. However, because we won't be meeting in person for Kampmeeting, our schedule for elections (online) will be changed somewhat. Stay tuned for exact dates!
The following positions are open for election this year:

  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Youth Interests (under age 30)
  • Director of Communications

If you have any interest in running for one of these positions, or if you know of another Kinship member who does, please send an email to nominations@sdakinship.org. Vice President Floyd Poenitz says: "Make a difference for LGBTQ+ Adventists who are coming to grips with what it means to wrestle with understanding faith and gender and orientation constructs by being part of the Kinship leadership."

If you want to know the Position Description for any or all of the above, please go to https://www.sdakinship.org/kinshipneedsyou.

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EUROPEAN KINSHIP MEETING 2020

Due to the corona crisis, the near future is uncertain and we don’t know when things will get back to normal. Nevertheless, the European Kinship Meeting (EKM) is still planned for the end of August. We expect that by that time things will have gone back to normal.

It is understandable that you hesitate to register as long as it is uncertain when travel and meeting restrictions will be lifted. For that reason, we are giving you until the end of June to register at the early bird rate.

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CHURCH RELATIONS UPDATE

When Seventh-day Adventist Kinship was founded more than 40 years ago, we could never have imagined the progress recently realized by the LGBTQI community. We are still seeing advances in cultural, legal, and personal acceptance in most societies.

Sadly and ironically, religious prejudice and intolerance is one of the last barriers we have to overcome. We are happy to report that the Kinship Advisory Council, made up of friends and allies throughout North America, is working to increase the awareness of Adventist members and congregations about the dignity and equality owed to all members of the LBGTQI community and their families. The Advisory includes pastors, professors, administrators, and lay members and is committed to making equality in the Adventist Church a reality. It has now been meeting annually for the last twenty years. The most recent meeting has sent recommendations to the Kinship Board for ways to engage the denomination in the coming year, along with a report of how members of the Advisory have been involved in supporting Kinship during the past year. Members of the Advisory were given a copy of the book, Unclobber, by Colby Martin.

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STAY HOME - STAY SAFE!

We are all experiencing a new way of life. We are hoping it is temporary, but we don't know exactly when this will end. In the meantime, please do all you can to help globally. Even if there are few or no reported cases where you live, please follow the safety guidelines that are being given. Limit your in-person contact with others and do self-quarantine as much as possible. Wash hands often and eat as healthfully as you can to prevent any illnesses that might be around during this season. Together we can come out of this crisis much stronger.

During this time, find new ways of keeping busy and helping others. Check on friends and loved ones and see if there is anything that is needed. Go to the Kinship website and check out our resources. There are tons of good videos and articles to read and share with friends, family, and pastors. Although the General Conference in Indianapolis has been postponed, we want to do some aggressive outreach programs to Adventist pastors and educators to invite them to learn more about SDA Kinship and our community of current and former Seventh-day Adventists who identify as LGBTQIA+.

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REHOBOTH MINI-KAMPMEETING

Unfortunately, it is necessary for us to postpone our Rehoboth mini-kampmeeting until perhaps the early fall, or possibly even next Spring. However, we are still planning to meet virtually for an abbreviated version of our retreat.

Stay tuned for more information. As we did for Region 2 vespers on Friday evening, let's all stay connected via Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, or whatever works best.

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LET'S BE TENACIOUS!

Today's world is a bit chaotic! A few weeks ago our political world was filled with various discussions, opinions, needs, and desires and gatherings. Our physical world was moving out of wintertime and looking forward to springtime with less snow, tornadoes, and rain, and more wildflowers and wonderful sunsets. Suitcases and hiking backpacks were coming out of their closets getting ready for fun trips, looking forward to cruises, vacations, school proms and graduations, and spring break.

Then suddenly our world changed! Our plans were dampened and some were washed away. The virus arrived and, with it, major changes to our plans, our lives, and our immediate futures.

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