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Do you sometimes feel like a linguistic Neanderthal? Are you confused by the terms post-sexual, non-binary, two-spirit, demisexual, and cisgender? Are you old enough that you once thought gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual were four words that covered all the continuum? Would you like to talk about it in a safe place where we will not think we are stupid, be angry with ourselves while we learn, and yet want to know more about the people who form our community? This chat is for you.

Date: December 12, 2021
Time: 7 PM EST (USA)
        - PM CT (USA)
        - 4 PM PST (USA)

Our time will include lists of gender/relational terms (including but not limited to demisexual, intersex, pansexual, non-binary, cisgender, transsexual, transgender, post-sexual, polyamorous, bisexual, and all its permutations). We will touch on the nature and need for accurate pronouns. We will also address ways we can be gentle with ourselves if we are not up-to-date.

Catherine Taylor, LCSW, has been working with the gender community since 1995 and with Kinship members since 1981. As part of her present-day therapy practice in southeastern Virginia, she works with many pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults who are negotiating their understanding of themselves, as well as the attitudes of their parents, school communities, and ecclesiastical opinions.

Registration is required here...

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One of the most visited memorials in Washington, D.C., has nothing to do with a president or other public figure. The Vietnam War Memorial honors the more than 59,000 men and women who lost their lives in that conflict between the years 1955 and 1975.

The reason so many visit the Vietnam War Memorial is because of the list of names recorded there. The Vietnam conflict touched nearly every family in the United States, either directly or indirectly. Those of us of a certain age have friends or family members who went off to war and never returned alive. Their presence is no more, but their memory lingers.

The next few weeks, when most of us will sit down for a meal or attend some holiday celebration, is a good time to thank God for the people in our lives who provide the emotional safety net for life in the twenty-first century. Family members, friends, church members, coworkers, and neighbors are the glue that keep us together spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

There is strength in numbers. "Though one may be overpowered," said the wise man, "two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken" (Eccl. 4:12, NIV). Now, when family and friends are foremost in our minds, let's make some expression of the appreciation we feel. A note, a text, an email, a phone call are good ways of staying in touch and showing appreciation

The Vietnam War Memorial not only honors the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, it celebrates the comradeship that members of the military found in serving each other. It's the fellowship we enjoy when we encourage and support one another; not only in this season of giving, but throughout the year.

— Stephen Chavez, Director of Church Relations
    Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International


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Kinship Worship takes place each 1st Friday night of the month (December 3). Kinship Worship is a program for us and by us. Watch previous month's videos HERE.

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Our extended families go through a different journey when we LGBTQ+ people come out. We want them to support and accept us, and many families do, yet some families still don't know what to say or how to connect with us.

The Kinship Families and Friends group is for all families to learn and grow together. Families are invited to connect, ask questions, and share their stories so that the whole group can grow and each family can be supported in their journey.

Although this event is for the families and friends group, all members are invited to attend. 

Additionally, if you have a family member, church member, or friend who would like to connect or learn how they can support the LGBTQ+ community, you can invite them to this meeting.

The next meeting is Sunday, December 19, at 9:30 AM Pacific/ 12:30 PM Eastern


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European Kinship Meeting for 2022 will be in the beautiful Lake Thun area of Switzerland from Thursday, September 1, 2022, to Monday, September 5, 2022. Most meetings will be in German with English translations provided.

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 Kinship Worship
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 December 12

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 Kinship Local Wisdom
Gender for Geezers
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 December  19

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About Journey by Jerry McKay

JerryMcKayMost of what characterizes my life today—work, family, and faith—looks little like what I thought it would when I graduated from college in 1980.

Naturally, people want to know when and how I first became aware of my orienta­tion. Others are interested in my spiritual experience and how my faith and my orientation intersect and perhaps collide. Many questions revolve around my reparative therapy journey and how that impacted my belief in God and my relationship to the church.

I am often asked about the pivotal moment I decided to stop trying to change my orientation and the events that led up to that moment. Related to that decision is the question of short- and long-term consequences. I’ve been asked about where I see God in the whole journey—before counseling, during counseling, and since accepting my orientation.

And, finally, others want to know about my relationship, how it has evolved over the years, and the impact it has had on my life.

This is my story.

Next Chapter:
    Chapter 25 -
“Forbidden Colours”

Previous chapters:
    Chapters 1-24

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SDA Kinship continues to work to connect our members in communities where they feel most comfortable. We have both Facebook and WhatsApp groups for members to join.

There are many groups by location for chapters, regions, and countries. Groups based on languages such as Española, French, and Russian. There is also a Spiritual Group led by the Kinship Chaplain and a Women’s Group for the women of Kinship.

If you have questions, please Send Me a message on WhatsApp to get connected, telling me who you are and what groups you are interested in connecting with. You can also send me a message on Facebook to be added to any of those groups.

— Floyd Poenitz, President
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AmazonSmile is now available as an app. A great way to support SDA Kinship at no cost to you and you can do all your shopping online from the app. You can find it in the App Store for IOS or Google Play for Android.

When making purchases on, remember, if you use, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the eligible purchase price to the non-profit that you select! As we provide support and representation within the LGBTIQ community, every penny counts!

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. To browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. Please select Seventh-Day Adventist Kinship International Inc.

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