MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


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THE LONG VIEW

The struggle for equality, whether based on sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or economics, has been part of the human experience for thousands of years. Those of us who have supported the rights of LGBTQ individuals have seen remarkable progress over the last several years. Gay, lesbian, and transgender lawmakers serve at nearly every level of state, local, and federal government. LGBTQ individuals are featured in films, in concert halls, and at athletic venues. We can celebrate this progress.

But as we enjoy the progress we’ve seen, we have to admit that resistance to sexual, racial, religious, and ethnic equality is growing and becoming increasingly violent. In many places bigotry, prejudice, and ignorance are conspiring to rob people of their God-given right to equality.

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April Events

MONTHLY EVENTS

 April 2 Kinship Worship FB   YouTube English 
 April 10 UnClobber Q&A FB Zoom English 
 April 18 Family & Friends Roundtable Zoom  English 
 April 23 Youth and Young Adults Zoom English/ Español

 

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FAMILY & FRIENDS

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT I DON’T KNOW?

That philosophical question burst out of my frustrated lips as I struggled with a complex differential equation in an advanced engineering mathematics course. My professor stared at me, and I figured I had just failed the course. Mathematics was not one of my strong subjects.

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April 2021 eNews

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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March 2021 eNews

 
 
WE HAVE SOMETHING NEW!!

Masks are now part of our lives. That’s why SDA Kinship has designed these reusable face masks to give all of us the comfort, quality, and peace of mind we need to go out and show our Kinship pride! Add our masks to your collection and enjoy!

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EUROPEAN KINSHIP MEETING



EKM2021 will be held in a natural environment in the little community of Westelbeers, between the cities Eindhoven and Tilburg in The Netherlands.

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VARIATIONS CAUSE BENDING !!

As Carolyn and I explored “variations,” we discovered that every one of us is “varied.” She and I have different heights, different body shapes, distinct personalities, and even different behaviors. We are greatly varied.

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JOURNEY CHAPTER 24

 Life at Quest Learning Center
BY JErRY MCKAY

At 7:30 a.m., March 16, 1983, I boarded a bus bound for Reading, Pennsylvania. Six hours later, I was back at the Ottawa bus station!

Expecting problems with border security about my stay in the United States, Colin had prepared two letters. The first letter read:

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FEBRERO 2021 ENEWS


AMPLIAMOS NUESTRA SIMPATÍA…

Con gran tristeza les informamos que Deborah Anne Elliott falleció el 25 de enero de 2021 a la edad de 65 años. Deb era la hermana de Yolanda Elliott y había estado luchando contra la esclerosis múltiple durante muchos años. Deb se desempeñó como contadora de Kinship en un momento dado y, a lo largo de los años, siempre apoyó a Yolanda mientras se desempeñaba en sus muchos roles de Kinship, incluida la actual presidenta. Deb vivía en la casa con Yolanda, quien pasaba muchas horas al día cuidando con amor a su hermana.

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MENSAJE DEL VICEPRESIDENTE

SDA Kinship es una comunidad. Pero ¿qué es la comunidad? La definición dice: un grupo de gente que vivir en el mismo lugar o tener un característico particular en común.

A menudo digo, cuando me preguntó, que una de las metas de SDA Kinship es establecer comunidad. El reto es qué nosotros un grupo muy diverso con capas y capas de “la singularidad” y diversidad que traemos a la mesa comunidad. Entonces, ¿Cuál es la característica que tenemos en común? Lo que la iglesia ve como el abatimiento de nuestra orientación y genero, vemos como una bendición.

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APRENDIZAJE FLEXIBLE

“Aprendizaje” es un proceso interesante y complejo. Todas criaturas vivientes aprenden a medida que crecen y maduran. Si tú piensas sobre ese proceso, es fácil para recordar a tus mascotas aprender a encontrar comida, juguetes, o esconderse de ti cuando tú estás buscando por ellos. También piense en tu mismo o tus hijos a medida tú aprendías a caminar, hablar, jugar, leer, o hasta pensar y hacer decisiones.

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FEBRUARY 2021 ENEWS

WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY…

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Deborah Anne Elliott passed away on January 25, 2021 at the age of 65. Deb was Yolanda Elliott's sister and had been battling multiple sclerosis for many years. Deb served as Kinship's accountant at one point and through the years she was always supportive of Yolanda as she served in her many Kinship roles, including currently serving as President. Deb lived in the home with Yolanda who spent many hours each day lovingly taking care of her sister.

Our sincere and deep condolences to Yolanda and the family and friends who loved Deb dearly. We know this is a great and painful loss. Please keep Yolanda in your prayers. If you wish you, can drop her a note to express your sympathy. Yolanda, we surround you with love and caring.

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JANUARY 2021 ENEWS

 
JANUARY 2021 ENEWS


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
 
 

When so many people around the world had such an atrocious 2020, it’s a bit daunting to come up with an inspiring New Year’s message for my Kinship family.  Not one place on this globe has been unaffected by the pandemic, much less the all-too-common bigotry and hate.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


When so many people around the world had such an atrocious 2020, it’s a bit daunting to come up with an inspiring New Year’s message for my Kinship family.  Not one place on this globe has been unaffected by the pandemic, much less the all-too-common bigotry and hate. The last year makes us wonder and think of the song, “Where is the Love?” by the Black-Eyed Peas. Listen to the song here. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc&ab_channel=BlackEyedPeasVEVO]  To read the lyrics, click on this link. [https://genius.com/Black-eyed-peas-where-is-the-love-lyrics]

But now that 2021 has arrived for all of us, I’m again hopeful for the future. The production of the coronavirus vaccines gives me hope that if we all do our part by receiving the vaccination when it’s available, and also by continuing to wear masks, socially distance, and wash our hands, we will finally be able to see each other, meet together and, as Kinship is very well known for, hug each other again!

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FAMILY & FRIENDS


LOOKING BACK INTO 2020

Carolyn and I hope this finds you enjoying the Christmas and New Year’s holidays despite the virus. We pray you could connect in person or through digital media with your special family members.   We also hope you all created some positive and beneficial memories as you traveled the unpredictable paths of 2020.

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HOLIDAY GREETINGS!

HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT 

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December 2020 eNews

        December 2020 eNews

MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER

As we move into the holiday season at the end of this very difficult and stressful year, I am thankful. I am thankful for all of you who have been part of SDA Kinship's 40-year journey. So many members, friends and allies have been part of the Kinship community during these four decades. You have made it possible for Kinship to provide its message of acceptance and love to many, many people all over the world. 

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MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER

 

As we move into the holiday season at the end of this very difficult and stressful year, I am thankful.  I am thankful for all of you who have been part of SDA Kinship's 40-year journey. So many members, friends and allies have been part of the Kinship community during these four decades. You have made it possible for Kinship to provide its message of acceptance and love to many, many people all over the world.  As someone who was part of the organizing meeting in September, 1980, I am in awe that Kinship has continued to provide knowledge and support to our Adventist LGBTQ community and its allies.  It was only possible because of the many, many people, both alive and gone, who have been part of this effort. 

As treasurer, it is of course part of my duties to remind you to consider supporting Kinship financially.  Kinship, like every person and organization, has been affected by the pandemic.  While donations have been down during 2020, our inability to hold in-person meetings has also reduced our expenses. Our hope is that life in 2021 will start to return to normal for all of us and that Kinship will be able to do more face to face outreach in addition to its online and other virtual programs as the year goes forward. And, for that, we need your support.

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November 2020 eNews

        November 2020 eNews

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT  

October has quickly slipped away and November is upon us.  Here, in America, one of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. I enjoy it because it’s one holiday when we count our blessings. Of course, as I think about it, it feels sacrilegious to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’ve come to think of Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day. And it’s hard to think of Thanksgiving without realizing I was taught that it celebrates people who survived in a new land only to take that land away from the people who were here first, Native Americans. I don’t have the power to correct anything in our past. But what I do have the power to do is to live in a way that supports good in the world today. I believe my faith calls me to do that.

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MENSAJE DE LA PRESIDENTE

October has quickly slipped away and November is upon us.  Here, in America, one of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. I enjoy it because it’s one holiday when we count our blessings. Of course, as I think about it, it feels sacrilegious to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’ve come to think of Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day. And it’s hard to think of Thanksgiving without realizing I was taught that it celebrates people who survived in a new land only to take that land away from the people who were here first, Native Americans. I don’t have the power to correct anything in our past. But what I do have the power to do is to live in a way that supports good in the world today. I believe my faith calls me to do that.

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COMING OUT - FAMILY PROCESS

Many LGBTQ+ folks have celebrated their successful “coming out” to friends and their families. It’s probably a process and event they had thought about and worked on for many months and years. Hopefully, they had created a network of friends and other LGBTQ+ folks that helped them - even coached them - on the scary but desired event. Their understanding and supporting friends were valuable allies for that major and probably emotional time.

Yes, it was a “successful event” for the LGBTQ+ member. They wanted to do it, they needed to do it, and they had their personal courage and friends’ and allies’ support to fall back on to if it didn’t work out as desired.  

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MENSAJE DE LA PRESIDENTE

The loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg made the last few weeks tough, not just for the women of the United States, but for all of us. Justice Ginsberg was an extremely thoughtful and intelligent presence on the Supreme Court who expanded the civil rights of women in the United States, promoted the equality of men and women, and conducted herself with grace and determination on the highest court in the land. Her legacy will live on in spite of a concerted effort to undermine her efforts. I appreciate what she has done for women and, as a woman not married to a man, I could not have independently owned a home and business if it were not for her work as a civil rights lawyer, judge, and Supreme Court justice. 

Although my heart is heavy because of her passing, I have reason to hope. In just a few short weeks, we the people here in the United States have the opportunity to have our voices heard in the November 3 election. We can speak up in support of whichever party and leaders we decide is best for us individually and for our country. As a non-profit organization, we do not advocate for any particular party, so I will just say, please make the effort to vote if you’re eligible. Get out there and vote and be heard!

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MENSAJE DEL VICEPRESIDENTE

October is an exciting month! It is a month of change. You can feel the weather changing from summer to fall. The air at night is cooler and just feels fresher.

Here in Texas, it is normally a time to enjoy the State Fair of Texas and all that goes with an outing to Fair Park—tons of unhealthy foods to sample, new cars to check out, carnival folks trying to get you to try their games (and lose your money). For a German, Oktoberfest is an event to be social and, again, associated with overindulgence in food. It’s a time when I can wear my Lederhosen in public and not be embarrassed.

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MENSAJE DE LA PRESIDENTE

I’ve been really discouraged lately, as many of you have told me you are. With all that is going on in the world and in my country, the United States of America, it’s easy to be discouraged. 

Some of you follow me on my personal Facebook page or Twitter account, where I post some political commentary to family and friends. I recognize that some of my posts could offend some folks outside those circles. But what I most intend to express in any of my social media posts is my desire for all of us to treat each other with kindness and compassion and empathy…and to absolutely call for justice whenever and wherever it’s needed. 

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SALUDOS DESDE DISCOVERY BAY ...

Greetings from Discovery Bay in Washington state! We are sitting in our timeshare gazing at the smooth waters of the Puget Sound. It’s warmer than usual but at least the air is smoke free. We left California last week in dense smoke and fires. 

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Mensaje de la presidenta


Para mí, los últimos meses han sido difíciles. Como cuidadora, escucho a mucha gente preguntando cuándo volveremos a la normalidad, ¡lo que podría llamarse normal! Y no estoy segura. Pero sería abrumador centrarse solo en lo que ha sido desafiante. Entonces, en cambio, pensé en compartir solo algunas de las cosas que me han traído algunos momentos increíbles de alegría desde la última vez que supieron de mí.

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SOLO SI COMPRENDEMOS ...

Recientemente leí un artículo que compartía los logros exitosos que una primatóloga había logrado sobre su deseo y meta de toda la vida de ayudar a los chimpancés a sobrevivir y expandirse. Al principio de su carrera, tuvimos la alegría de pasar un par de días con ella mientras compartía con estudiantes universitarios y luego en dos conferencias públicas. Quedamos impresionados con su energía y entusiasmo por hacer cambios importantes en África; pero Jane Goodall era joven, sin educación y recién comenzando su viaje de toda la vida.

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MENSAJE DE LA PRESIDENTE


Cuando inició el 2020, ¿quién podría haber imaginado dónde estaríamos en julio? Con la pandemia mundial, nuestras vidas han dado un gran giro. Si bien los efectos de Covid-19 han sido terribles en todo el mundo, la tasa de infección ha empeorado en mi país. Sin un liderazgo claro y decisivo que utilice la ciencia real y se asegure de que todos los ciudadanos tengan acceso a equipos de protección personal y pruebas precisas, hay muy pocas posibilidades de que la tasa de infección disminuya en el corto plazo.

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41ST ANNUAL KAMPMEETING

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 18, 2020. We will have an abbreviated Kinship Kampmeeting Sabbath program online via Zoom. Start time 12 pm EDT / 9 am PDT.

THEME SONG  We Are Called 
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