Tuesday, March 07, 2006

More news from the front!

Dear Friends,

I am making a special appeal to those of you I know are concerned about the greater churches' need to be more inclusive in welcoming Gay/Lesbian members and clergy.

Even though some of you may not be Lutheran or Christian [!!!!!!!!], if you support GLBT causes, you probably recognize that organized religion cannot remain a hiding place for sexual discrimination.

Please read carefully the invitation below and let me know if you can attend...Please make a special effort to join me that evening...

to a "One Voice Campaign House Party"

(see details below)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 7p.m. - 9 p.m.

to the home of

Pastor Phil Trzynka
Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran
Parish Parsonage (3rd floor)
602 E. 9th St. (Corner of Ave. B, top buzzer)
NYC , NY 10009

We are at a tipping point, a critical juncture of change within our church, where increased financial support will help us move boldly into the future; we invite you to participate with us in an historic collaboration to reform the Lutheran Landscape.

We have a common vision of the Lutheran communion that embraces and actualizes the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Building on history of faithful presence, profound witness and extraordinary acts, Lutherans Concerned/North America, Lutheran Lesbian and Gay Ministries, and Wingspan Ministry of St. Paul-Reformation have entered a new era in which their faith and
commitment to this common vision have compelled them to engage in a joint strategic initiative-- One Voice .

"One Voice" is a $2,000,000 joint appeal that will support the individual and cooperative work plans of all three organizations. Already the campaign has raised nearly $1,000,000! Between now and the end of March the New York Metropolitan area is seeking gifts from folks such as yourself. These funds will be used for the staffing,
programming, volunteer training, rapid response, and technological advances needed to catalyze and sustain the momentum for change in the Lutheran Church.

A series of informal gatherings have been scheduled throughout the New York City area to explain and encourage major gifts toward this effort.

Come join others on March 8th a 7pm as we hear from Emily Eastwood, Executive Director of Lutherans Concerned/North America about how you can share in this effort. Please RSVP if you are able to attend...bring a friend...


Phil Trzynka, Rick Erickson, Barbara Lundblad, Dick Miller, Jim Sudbrock, Ann Tiemeyer

Again, just posting news, folks. I'm tying to keep my Lenten discipline. Yegads!?!! Do let me just point out one thing, I wonder who is going to be leading Lenten study and prayer in all the congregations where the pastor is off to the GLBT powwow? That is, who in God's name would call a meeting for 7 PM Wednesday during Lent?

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