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Kinship Meeting in Europe Covered by Official Church Media

Christianity has often centered on togetherness—the privilege of worshipping and fellowshipping with other believers. For LGBTQIA+ Adventists it isn't always easy to be genuine and true to one's self while feeling welcome in Adventist churches. Kinship Kampmeeting has been an annual highlight for SDA Kinship International for 43 years now. This is an event where all attendees can be themselves just as God sees them without feeling the need to pretend to be something they aren't.

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PRESS RELEASE

Over the last few years—more than at any other time in human history—society has had to grapple with the complex subject of human sexuality. As individuals and institutions try to create a climate in which individuals have intrinsic value regardless of their sexual orientation, Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International has sought to be a voice of inclusion, acceptance, and affirmation, especially for those who don't conform to the rigid proscriptions of the past.

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Church Relations

Have you noticed? If you watch network TV or streaming video services, the underlying theme of nearly every program (especially the commercials) is diversity.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

We feel every month is Kinship Awareness Month, but during October we take extra steps to let others know we exist and what we are about. I feel that SDA Kinship truly is Adventism’s best-kept secret. And it is high time we came out of the closet and let everyone know God loves unconditionally and that LGBTQIA+ does not indicate brokenness. The church needs us more than we need the church to demonstrate this unconditional love from God. 

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VICE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Hi, Kinship Family! In the midst of so many challenges, I hope you are doing well.

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS

WELCOME SDA KINSHIP WORLDWIDE

John & Carolyn Wilt, Directors-at-Large
Families & Friends Coordinators

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS

“Together Again” Kampmeeting

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Welcome to August! Similar to the past months, July seems to have flown by quickly.

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VICE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Hello all! (This includes those of us who are edging closer to the end of winter and those of us who are sweltering in the heat.)

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Journey - Chapter 29

Homosexuals Anonymous—the Toronto Chapter

BY JERRY MCKAY

I arrived back in Ottawa from Reading, Pennsylvania, the Easter weekend of 1985. The Saturday before I moved to Toronto, I attended church. I started attending this congregation as a child in the mid-1960s. This was the church I always returned to whenever I came home for a visit. Most of the pillars of the church were farmers. Small-town folk made up the rest of the congregation of some forty people. To say everyone knew me was not an exaggeration. That makes it easier to understand how, with no warning as to the subject, when I asked to make an announcement from the front of the church, I was given permission to do so without hesitation.

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Journey - Chapter 28

Omissions, Ambivalence, & Contradiction

BY JERRY MCKAY

On July 17, 1984, less than a year after the sexual incident with Colin and my sudden departure from Reading, I was standing on the curb at the airport in Philadelphia waiting for Colin to pick me up. The one-and-a-half-hour drive back to Reading, in combination with Colin’s ability to easily move into deep personal conversation, meant a rapid re-engagement of our relationship.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Pride Month is now officially over, and I hope everyone could acknowledge their journey and celebrate what God has created you to be. Whether that was attending or even taking part in a pride parade or event, or just being able to reflect on your personal journey in learning to understand yourself better. Whether you are part of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow community, a parent or loved one or an ally who loves unconditionally, it has been a journey to get to where you are at this moment. It is never easy to go against the flow of family and society, but you are not alone on this journey. We have a rich history of those who came before us to pave the way for the road we are traveling on. Together, we can work to widen and make the road more solid ahead of us.

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JOIN US FOR KAMPMEETING IN ORLANDO


Kampmeeting
is under TWO weeks away. As we are planning to meet in person, the theme is "Together Again". The Kampmeeting team has worked hard to find diverse speakers and create an inspiring program. We are looking forward to seeing our members again, in person. Please visit the the Kampmeeting site at bit.ly/kampmeeting to get more information about speakers.

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FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

How often do you see news flashes, read articles, or are encouraged to reject Pride activities? Too often, those news flashes, articles, and personal encouragements flow from “Christian” sources. They may be news flashes on a church website; maybe an email or instant message from your faith, sharing negative comments regarding a Pride event; and, most blatantly, many groups of Christians physically gather and protest violently and loudly with their own flags and negative signs. 

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CHURCH RELATIONS

I was in Lexington, Kentucky, recently with Floyd Poenitz and several other Kinship members to create awareness about Kinship at the CALLED Convention for Adventist pastors in North America. On the whole, it was a positive experience with lots of wonderful interactions.

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Message from the President

HOW'S IT GOING?

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CHURCH RELATIONS

WELCOME

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REMEMBER THE PEOPLE IN UKRAINE

SDA Kinship Int., Inc. stands for freedom and peace for all people to live their lives without fear. There are many places in the world that are experiencing war and unrest, places where people cannot experience equality and freedom. SDA Kinship prays for and is concerned about members and LGBTQIA+ related issues around the world.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

WRITE YOUR OWN SCRIPT

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FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

FROM PYRAMIDS TO WHEELS

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FÉVRIER ENEWS

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MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT

Je suis quelqu'un qui observe les gens. C'est une vraie confession. Pas dans le sens du harcèlement moral. Je trouve simplement les gens fascinants. J'aime apprendre à les connaître, mais j'observe aussi les gens dans un contexte social, leurs interactions et leurs réactions. Je pense que c'est peut-être un héritage allemand. Certains parmi vous ont peut-être vu des maisons dans de petits villages allemands. La maison est presque au bord de la rue, et au deuxième ou troisième étage une fenêtre est ouverte, et vous pouvez voir une femme ou un homme âgé, debout, assis ou penché par la fenêtre, qui regarde le monde qui passe.

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RELATIONS AVEC L'ÉGLISE

Récemment, le monde a dit au revoir à Desmond Tutu, ancien archevêque du Cap, en Afrique du Sud. Il est décédé le 26 décembre 2021, à l'âge de 90 ans.

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ENEWS DE JANVIER

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MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT

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FAMILLES ET AMIS

C'EST LA PÉRIODE CONSACRÉE À LA NAISSANCE DU CHRIST

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RELATIONS AVEC L'ÉGLISE

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DECEMBER ENEWS

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CHURCH RELATIONS

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NEW! KINSHIP LOCAL WISDOM SERIES

Do you sometimes feel like a linguistic Neanderthal? Are you confused by the terms post-sexual, non-binary, two-spirit, demisexual, and cisgender? Are you old enough that you once thought gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual were four words that covered all the continuum? Would you like to talk about it in a safe place where we will not think we are stupid, be angry with ourselves while we learn, and yet want to know more about the people who form our community? This chat is for you.

Date: December 12, 2021
Time: 7 PM EST (USA)
        - PM CT (USA)
        - 4 PM PST (USA)

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