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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…

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…

In Response to (Indirect) Criticism of #WeAretheRCA

It has come to my attention that some people are upset that I am publishing these letters. There are people who feel hurt by what has been said here, especially those who may have been referenced more directly. I’m being accused of addressing conflict in an inappropriately public way (indirectly, through other people and on…

Thank You

Today on #WeAretheRCA, we welcome a letter from Parker Kohl. Dear RCA
 General Synod 2016, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for removing two of the only people in the world who could have kept me going to church from the reformed church I loved. Thank you for instilling people in positions…

Live and Love Like Jesus

So, it turns out this posting every day thing is pretty challenging, first of all because my life is pretty unpredictable, and second because other people’s lives are also unpredictable, to me and probably to them as well. Nonetheless, we have a new installment today in the #WeAretheRCA series, this one by Amy Nyland. If…