Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Reaching Out: New Meetup Group for LGBT Christians in NYC

As part of an effort to reach more people, both our peers in other LGBT Christian organizations and those looking for a spiritual home, we have founded a Meetup Group.  Unlike Facebook and other social networking services, Meetup is event-focused and automatically suggests activities to members based on what interests they choose in their profile.

In an effort to share this tool and ministry with similar organizations within other mainline denominations, we have chose to identify this group as "Believe Out Loud NYC" rather than limit it to Integrity.  We will make contact with the other area churches listed as Believe Out Loud partners in an effort to foster the kind of ecumenical cooperation the campaign espouses.

Please take a look at the Meetup Group and consider participating.  Besides events we will use it for discussions, polls and other activities to get to know other progressive Christians in the city.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Believe Out Loud Workshop at Newark Convention

On Saturday, Jan. 28th, The OASIS (the LGBT Ministry of the Diocese of Newark) and Integrity will present a workshop about the Believe Out Loud campaign at the Annual Convention of the Diocese of Newark at the Parsippany Hilton.

Believe Out Loud is a multi-denominational campaign to identify, equip and promote congregations that are inclusive and welcoming LGBT persons.  In 2010, Integrity, TransEpiscopal and the OASIS diocesan ministries in numerous dioceses undertook the work of promoting Believe Out Loud within the church.

The program, which is free, encourages congregations to intentionally include LGBT persons in their efforts to welcome visitors and newcomers.  There are educational materials available about various topics.

Resolution on Marriage Passes at NY Convention

The Committee on LGBT Concerns of the Diocese of New York proposed a resolution that was presented at our (delayed) Diocesan Convention. The resolution asks that the Bishop of the Diocese of New York interpret C056 in a manner that will allow (but not require) clergy in the Diocese to officiate at same-gender marriages as they do currently with opposite-gender couples. It also calls upon the Diocesan Convention to urge the 77th General Convention to revise the current Canons of The Episcopal Church with regard to marriage, to provide for the marriage of same-gender couples in those jurisdictions that have or will have civil marriage for same-gender couples.

For those not at Convention, the resolution on Marriage Equality passed easily. There was a motion to separate the parts, with a vote on parts 1 & 2 and then a vote on part 3 [the main part asking the bishop to allow clergy to officiate.] The vote on the first two parts was practically unanimous, and about 75% in favor of the third part. The full text of the resolution along with a brief explanation may be found here. Thank you to all those who helped support this resolution.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Eucharist & Social Scheduled for Feb. 10th

On Friday, Feb. 10th at 7:00 p.m., Integrity NYC-Metro invites everyone to join us for worship and conversation at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, New York.

The Rev. Jon L. Richardson, Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul's Church in Jersey City and Vice President for National Affairs for IntegrityUSA, will celebrate the Eucharist, assisted by The Rev. Deacon Kenton Curtis.  Kenton is the supervising social worker for the HIV/AIDS Initiative of The Actors Fund and serves at All Saints' Church in Manhattan.

The Rev. Jan Nunley, an award-winning journalist who helped shepherd the Episcopal Church's communications into the digital age, will offer the sermon. A reception and social hour will follow.

A special invitation is extended to past and present members of Integrity. We would like to get to know you and share a bit about what we've been up to!

St. Luke in the Fields is located at the corner of Hudson and Christopher streets in the  heart of the West Village. It is just steps away from the Christopher Street PATH station for a quick ride from New Jersey, and two short blocks from the Sheridan Square station on the #1 subway.