Getting Specific – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37

I suspect that for many of you, this has been a tough week. It has been for me. The daily death toll – first Alton Sterling, then Philando Castile, then the five police officers in Dallas – has left me somehow with too many and not enough words. And then the news and the internet…

Different Perspective

This installation in #WeAretheRCA comes from Gezelle Kingdom-Grier, who attends Maple Avenue Ministries in Holland, MI. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally with something to say to the RCA General Synod of 2016, please send a letter to revstacey@gmail.com. Dear RCA General Synod 2016, I am Gezelle Kingdom-Grier. I am 14 years…

One Minute

Lisa Bontemps is an elder at Parkside Community Church in Westwood, NJ. If you are an LGBTQ person or an ally who is affected by the decisions of the RCA General Synod, please consider submitting a letter for the #WeAretheRCA project. Letters may be published by name, first name only, or anonymously, and may be…

I *Was* RCA

A letter from a formerly RCA, now UCC minister, the Rev. Kenneth Walsh. Dear General Synod 2016, I was RCA. I was baptized on November 25, 1956 at the First Reformed Church in Little Falls, New Jersey and served in RCA for over 40 years. I was called to the ministry and was ordained in…

A Witness Being Pushed to a Side

A letter from a part of the 2016 General Synod, James Hart Brumm, to the rest of us.  Dear rest of the 2016 General Synod, I can’t write to the whole General Synod without a split personality, because I was part of the Synod myself. As a part of the Synod, I share responsibility for…

In or Out of the RCA?

A poetic letter by Liam D. Battjes. In seminary we often spent time debating who was in and who was out: Protestants were in because they reformed the Catholics out. John Calvin was in, preordained to be as straight as a TULIP stem, but Martin Luther, was out with his loose beer stein theology. Christianity was…

Help Me Understand

This letter is written by the Rev. Paul Janssen, of the United Reformed Church in Somerville, New Jersey. If you are an LGBTQ person or ally who would like to contribute to the #WeAretheRCA project with a letter of response to General Synod 2016, please send it to revstacey@gmail.com. Dear General Synod 2016, I wasn’t…

Matthew 18

A nod of appreciation to A, who if not coming to my rescue has come to my defense, and to the defense of all of us who continue to work for inclusion of LGBTQ voices and people in the RCA, today on #WeAretheRCA. Dear General Synod 2016, Rev. Stacey Midge does not need anyone to…

Shake It Off – A Sermon on Luke 10:1-11

(Listen here.) In 2005, Jim Bush took over service operations at American Express. At the time, it was run on a command-and-control model in which the goal was reducing cost. Reduced call times and driving customers to the website were top priorities, and customer satisfaction was consistently rated as acceptable. But, other companies were rapidly…

Reconsider

This installation of #WeAretheRCA comes from a Minister of Word and Sacrament who has chosen to remain anonymous, but self-describes as someone who “loves the Church but facepalms about it a lot.” If you are an LGBTQ+ person or an ally who is affected by the actions of General Synod 2016, I invite you to submit…