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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 

Holiday Greetings  {cbtag:firstname|info:receiver}!

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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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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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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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MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT

La perte de la juge Ruth Bader Ginsberg a rendu ces dernières semaines difficiles, pas seulement pour les femmes des États-Unis, mais pour nous tous. La juge Ginsberg constituait une présence extrêmement consciente et intelligente à la Cour suprême qui a permis de renforcer les droits civils des femmes aux États-Unis, de promouvoir l'égalité des hommes et des femmes ainsi que de se comporter avec grâce et détermination au sein de la plus haute juridiction du pays. Son héritage perdurera en dépit d'un effort concerté pour saper ses efforts. Je suis reconnaissant de ce qu'elle a fait pour les femmes et, en tant que femme non mariée à un homme, je ne serais pas devenu autonome en tant que propriétaire d'une maison et d'une entreprise grâce à son travail d'avocat des droits civils et de magistrat à la Cour suprême. 

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MESSAGE DU VICE-PRÉSIDENT

Le mois d'octobre est un mois passionnant ! C'est un mois de changement. Nous pouvons sentir le temps changer de l'été à l'automne. Durant le soir, l'air est plus frais et on se sent tout de suite plus frais.

Ici, au Texas, c'est normalement le moment de profiter de la fête foraine de l'État du Texas et tout ce qui va avec une sortie à Fair Park - des tonnes de nourriture malsaine à goûter, de nouvelles voitures à vérifier, des gens du carnaval qui essaient de vous faire essayer leurs jeux (et de vous faire perdre votre argent). Pour un Allemand, l'Oktoberfest est un événement à dimension sociale qui est, une fois de plus, associé à un excès de gourmandise. C'est un moment où je peux porter mon Lederhosen (culotte bavaroise) en public et ne pas être gêné.

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La table ronde de family & friends - Compte-rendu mensuel de la réunion ZOOM

Nous avons commencé nos tables rondes mensuelles qui permettent d'établir des liens. Nous espérons qu'elles constitueront un moment bénéfique et personnel propice pour se réunir et partager dans le monde de Kinship. La participation à chaque réunion a augmenté, grâce à vous tous qui avez rejoint notre groupe.

Le dimanche dernier, notre table ronde nous a permis d'entendre les réflexions et les commentaires du pasteur Kris et de Debbie Widmer concernant le film/musique "The Fiddler on the Roof" et ses chansons et dialogues très significatifs sur le thème de l'adaptation aux changements qui affectent la vie. La participation et les commentaires de nombreux participants ont été excellents. Ceux qui ne se sont pas joints à notre groupe de réflexion ont manqué la modification apportée par le pasteur Kris à la chanson de clôture - d'une manière ou d'une autre, Walla Walla, Loma Linda, La Sierra et d'autres lieux traditionnels adventistes ont été intégrés à la chanson. Cette chanson a clôturé en beauté ce débat sur les traditions, le changement et la famille. 

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Message du président

J'ai été très découragée ces derniers temps, comme beaucoup d'entre vous me l'ont dit. Avec tout ce qui se passe dans le monde et dans mon pays, les États-Unis d'Amérique et tout cela est facile de décourager.

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BONJOUR DEPUIS LA DISCOVERY BAY ...

Bonjour depuis la Discovery Bay dans l'État de Washington. Alors que nous nous trouvons dans notre appartement et que nous contemplons les eaux calmes de Puget Sound. Il fait plus chaud que d'habitude, mais au moins nous respirons un air sans fumée. Nous avons quitté la Californie la semaine dernière dans des conditions de fumées et d'incendies extrêmes. 

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Message du président


For me, the last few months have been a hard grind. As a caregiver, I hear lots of folks asking when we’ll ever get back to normal, whatever normal is! And I’m not sure. But it would be overwhelming to focus only on what’s been challenging. So, instead, I thought I’d share just a few of the things that have brought me some amazing moments of joy since you last heard from me. 

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UNIQUEMENT SI NOUS COMPRENONS ...

Recently I read an article sharing the successful accomplishments a primatologist had made over her lifelong desire and goal to help chimpanzees survive and expand. Early in her career, we had the joy of spending a couple of days with her as she shared with college students and later in two public conferences.

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MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT


When 2020 began, who could have ever imagined just where we’d be by July? With the global pandemic, our lives have taken quite a turn. While the effects of COVID-19 have been horrific all around the world, the infection rate has worsened in my country. Without clear and decisive leadership using actual science and making sure every citizen has access to personal protective equipment and accurate testing, there is very little chance that the infection rate will slow down any time soon.

On top of that, some police officers have felt empowered to use their authority to oppress, harass, and kill Black and Brown people. When four police officers killed George Floyd, it was only one of the latest cases to inspire a global movement for racial justice. But it’s not just police officers who feel they have the right to detain, harm, or kill people. A White father and son team shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery and were filmed by a friend doing it. Ahmaud was jogging while Black. Thank God they are all being charged with murder. Protests for justice, for George, Ahmaud, Breonna, Tony, and so many others are still happening every day in major cities across America and around the world! This feels like a real moment for change. I pray that it is.

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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 
 https://youtu.be/sV7qYyYKMhc   

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CONNEXIONS ZOOM

We humans enjoy connecting. We connect with family members on special occasions. Many of us enjoyed the weekly connections with friends at Sabbath services when they were allowed, and we look forward to returning to those times again.

Connecting allows us to catch up on each other’s lives—travels, special occasions, celebrations—or give support to others during stressful times. We get to share new information, maybe new places to visit, learn new information, or give support that someone else needs. That’s how we can enrich someone else’s life and, in turn, have our own lives enriched and improved. Connecting in person is valuable because you can sense each other’s joys and challenges and give hugs and personal responses. In-person, connections are great.   

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Note officielle de condoléances et de solidarité de SDA Kinship Brasil

SDA Kinship Brasil a pris connaissance, avec grand regret, du tremblement de terre qui a frappé la côte sud du Mexique mardi (23), qui a causé des pertes en vies humaines et d'importantes destructions matérielles. 

En ce moment, les membres de SDA Kinship Brasil, rejoignent les membres de SDA Kinship International dans les prières pour les familles endeuillées et toutes les personnes touchées dans ce terrible événement, en particulier à nos frères LGBTI + membres de SDA Kinship Mexique et SDA Kinship Amérique latine .

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MESSAGE DU PRÉSIDENT

These last several months in the United States where I live have been extremely stressful for everyone. Quarantining has brought out the best in some people and the worst in many. Incidents of domestic violence have increased significantly as most people have been asked to stay at home. And not only have millions of people lost their jobs, but the number of people who’ve died from COVID-19 in my country has surpassed 100,500.

If the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t hard enough, the most recent attacks against our Black siblings, including Tony McDade, a trans man in Florida, have just been heartbreaking. We must all do our part to stand against racism and hatred every time we see it. It’s way past time for it to end.

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CONNECTING :)

Mankind enjoys connecting with each other. How many of you look forward to seeing and connecting with your own families for celebrations, special gatherings, or just relaxing and having fun together??

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Many Americans are focused on the upcoming presidential election and local elections to be held in November. It seems that with the pandemic situation, many states are working towards holding fair elections. There are also some states that are purging folks from the voter rolls, closing many polling places, and making voting harder in order to influence the outcome of the elections.

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KINSHIP ELECTIONS 2020

 

We are still accepting nominations for the Board of Directors positions listed below. However, we are looking to close nominations by May 15, so you have only a few days to get your name in! Although we have some candidates already, we are still looking for additional members who are talented, creative, and passionate about supporting your SDA Kinship community. 

The following positions are open for election this year:

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EUROPEAN KINSHIP MEETING IS CANCELED


IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING EKM 2020

Unfortunately, the abbey where we planned to have our next meeting went bankrupt as a result of the Coronavirus crisis measures. This means that our reservation for the European Kinship Meeting is CANCELED.

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41st ANNUAL ONLINE KAMPMEETING

41st ANNUAL ONLINE 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 EST/9 am GMT.

More details to follow. 

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CONNECT - SHARE - SUPPORT

Kinship Family & Friends wants to become experts and promoters of those three actions. 

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NEW VIDEO LIBRARY

SDA Kinship wants to give you all the resources possible to help fill your time during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place.

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CHURCH RELATIONS UPDATE

While it may not seem like it, we’re living in historic times.

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KINSHIP LATINOAMÉRICA


SDA Kinship Latinoamérica te invita a participar de nuestra reunión de Recepción de Sábado vía ZOOM. Este viernes 08 de mayo a las 7:00 PM (Hora de Perú y Colombia).

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