KINSHIP RESPONSE to Statement on Transgenderism

Kinship Response to Statement on Transgenderism: Focus on Loving God’s Children Dear Friends, On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Executive Committee of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted a “Statement on Transgenderism” at its regular Spring Meetings. Kinship has reviewed this statement thoroughly and finds that, at a surface-level reading, this document professes love and acceptance for transgender people and includes a call to treat them with “dignity and respect.” Nonetheless, that does not diminish the genuine harm of this clear declaration: “As long as transgender people are committed to ordering their lives according to the biblical teachings on...
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By Randi Robertson In an attempt to help bring understanding and compassion in the transgender bathroom debate, I will share two stories that shine a little light on the issue. When I was returning home from a weekend trip, it was getting late in the afternoon, and I was in deep southern Georgia driving southbound on I-75. I needed two things: a restroom and some food. I exited the highway at the first exit that had a fast food restaurant I liked. I was hungry but in dire need of the restroom. I entered the restaurant and headed straight for...
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STEPS  FORWARD  AND  STEPS  BACK Dear Friends, Since Kinship was founded, we have often found ourselves struggling to share our narrative, our stories, of what it means to be both gay and Adventist. Misinformation and confusion spread quickly, and the truth is often slower to be shared. We strive to present the diversity of experiences, voices, and individuals within the LGBTIQ community as authentically as possible. Our mission, always, has been nothing more and nothing less than to affirm that diversity because of this important truth— everyone is created in the image of God . February was a busy month!...
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   SDA Kinship’s annual Kampmeeting takes place Thursday, July 6 to Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley.    Kampmeeting is Kinship’s annual conference where we come together to renew friendships, make new friends, enjoy entertainment, renew our faith, and more! This year it takes place in beautiful San Diego, a city in California, United States, known for its beaches, parks, and warm climate.      This year Kampmeeting will be different in format from previous years, and the registration fees do not include meals and hotel accommodations. We want to make sure that everyone who wants...
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