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Message from the President

Message from the President

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? –Micah 6:8  ESV

The church I attend is in the midst of a series of sermons based on the text Micah 6:8.  I appreciate this text because it talks about what God says is good for us: to see that justice is done and to be fair to other people, to love mercy or to love kindness and loyalty, and to live humbly walking with God. When I think about this verse, I think about our relationship with others. I see the social injustices all around me and it makes me want to do my part to make sure the world is a more just place for everyone.  

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2018 Kinship Elections

2018 Kinship Elections

Kinship is led by a team of volunteers. Every year Kinship holds elections, for 2-year leadership terms starting at Kampmeeting. This year the following positions are up for election.

If you are willing to run for any of the open positions: APPLY HERE

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Kampmeeting 2018 - Save The Date & Register

Kampmeeting 2018 - Save The Date & Register

Kinship Kampmeeting 2018 is July 11-14 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States and our theme will be "Building for a Better Tomorrow!" 

Kampmeeting is our annual conference where we come together to renew friendships, make new friends, enjoy entertainment, renew our faith and more.

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SDA Kinship Commissions Creation of New Logo

SDA Kinship Commissions Creation of New Logo

Seventh-day Adventist Kinship, International, Inc. (SDA Kinship) has initiated the process of creating a new logo that best represents the organization in the digital age. This is part of a greater rebranding effort as we work towards enhancing our print and online presence.

“We wanted to engage our members throughout the process so that we have a consensus on what the logo should look like,” Says Clinton Sorzano, Director of Communications at SDA Kinship.

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KINSHIP WELCOMES NEW FAMILY & FRIENDS COORDINATORS

KINSHIP WELCOMES NEW FAMILY & FRIENDS COORDINATORS

At Kinship’s 38th annual Kampmeeting, John and Carolyn Wilt were introduced as the new Family and Friends Coordinators.

John and Carolyn are practicing Seventh-day Adventists, having been married for 57 years. They have three children, including a gay son, the late Aric Wilt, who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 49. 

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SEVENTH-GAY ADVENTISTS TRANSLATED TO MANDARIN

SEVENTH-GAY ADVENTISTS TRANSLATED TO MANDARIN

On a Sabbath evening in June, Rey Lee hosted a screening of the film Seventh-Gay Adventists (SGA) at Mu-En Church in Shanghai, China. Seventh-Gay Adventists, produced by Stephen Eyer and Daneen Akers, explores the stories of LGBTIQ Seventh-day Adventists. Rey who lives in Shanghai, China, had previously met the Akers when he traveled to California, United States in 2016.

While in California, the Akers happened to be hosting a screening of another film at the Glendale City Adventist Church. It is then Rey, who teaches English in China, offered to translate SGA into Mandarin. The process took eight months to complete.

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Outspoken Film Series Features LGBTIQ Adventists

Outspoken Film Series Features LGBTIQ Adventists

The “Outspoken” film series is a collection of short documentary profiles featuring LGBTQ Adventists (most current but some no longer identifying as Adventist) and Adventist parents of LGBTQ children. These short films are being released online the first Friday night of the month in 2017, and the first six have gotten an incredible response. We felt like it was the right time to have short profiles available easily through social media to help share these stories more widely.

The “Outspoken” short film released in July, features Camilo Nazar (http://www.watchfirefilms.com/outspoken), a senior film student at Pacific Union College who also was the president of their unofficial GSA last year and is the new president for the IAGC (Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition). He’s passionate about better media and film representation for queer people of color like himself, and he also makes a powerful argument for why these campus GSAs need to be official.

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Just Love

Just Love

As I was writing this I was reflecting on Cher's song ‘Believe.’ Sometimes it's hard to believe in the love the song talks about.  We see people in the highest power in government say very hurtful things to our Trans and non-binary brothers and sisters, especially to the 15,000 plus transgender people who are currently serving in the U.S. military and the 134,000 plus who are veterans.  

As someone who is navigating what their gender identity is, my heart goes out to each one of you. I send you all a big Canadian hug. As a summer intern at Oakridge  Adventist Church in Vancouver,  British Columbia I have started a summer Sabbath school ministry called On Top Of The World. Our theme is to Love Others Well, Love Yourself Well, Love God Well. 

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ADVICE FROM A FORMER ADVENTIST PASTOR

ADVICE FROM A FORMER ADVENTIST PASTOR

Last April I went from a closeted Adventist pastor to an out bisexual Adventist ex-pastor in the most intense way possible. I certainly didn't have any concept that my coming out video would be viewed 50,000 times in the first month, or that it would be picked up on national news. I don't think I was ready for the intensity of the situation, the people who would turn to me in gratitude, confusion, and anger, and the weight of knowing the suffering of closet LGBTIQ people in the Adventist church.

One thing I was ready for is being completely and totally out. Doing the whole thing in one fell swoop was the best thing for me personally. I was ready to be able to be honest about who I am, speak my convictions, and do work I believe in. The stress of living in dishonesty was greater than I had realized. The relief of settling into a life of integrity was more powerful and life-giving than I could have guessed.

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ON BECOMING A PEBBLE: THE NAME GOD GAVE SIMON

ON BECOMING A PEBBLE: THE NAME GOD GAVE SIMON

By Catherine Taylor

As far as I can tell, it happened only six times in the Bible. For God to personally name a mortal is a rare and significant event. In the Hebrew culture, names of children were usually indicative of either the time in history when they were born or wishes for the development of their character. Later, the use of family names became more common. When God chose to give a particular name to someone, it seems to have been a response to a specific event or issue in his life as well as an object lesson for the rest of us.

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BUDAPEST AND BEYOND

BUDAPEST AND BEYOND

By Dave Ferguson

Recently, the church held a world congress in Budapest for Children’s Women’s and Family Ministries.  The topic of homosexuality was only covered in the Family Ministries break-out sessions.  The keynote speaker for this was Eckerhardt Mueller from the Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference.  He had previously presented his views at the conference on homosexuality at Andrews University in 2009 and is said to be the main author of the recent Transgender position paper.  While no one from Kinship was invited to this congress, we were able to get information from an ally who was in attendance.  As one would expect from the person making the presentation, this was not a meeting that provided much hope for our community.  One would wonder if the location was chosen because of the very fundamental approach to Scripture from that area of Europe. 

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Journey - Chapter 15

Journey - Chapter 15

Journey - Chapter 15

The Year of Before and After - Part II

It was midnight when I finished reading the Ministry interview and headed home. The familiar residential streets of Tokyo seemed different that night. My trance-like walk home was broken once by a brief exchange with a passing policeman whom I knew. I remember this odd detail because his greeting jolted me back into the present.

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