COMMUNAUTÉ DE KINSHIP

 

Kinship organise les membres dans les régions avec l'espoir que les gens dans chaque région seront en mesure de se connecter localement et de planifier des événements tout au long de l'année. Beaucoup de ces régions ont des groupes privés Facebook et WhatsApp pour fournir plus de moyens de communication.

Autour du monde
Afrique

Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook  WhatsApp

Afrique du contact régional
spacerÉquipe de direction africaine  email icon 35  

Kenya
spacerRena Otieno  email icon 35
spacerSDA Kinship Kenya Website

Lesotho
spacer(dégager)  email icon 35

Uganda
spacer(dégager)  email icon 35

Afrique du Sud  WhatsApp
spacerMark  email icon 35

Zimbabwe
spacerColbert  email icon 35

Amérique centrale
Équipe de direction d'Amérique centrale email icon 35
 
Belize email icon 35
 
Costa Rica
spacerAlvaro Acosta email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  Costa Rica 

spacerTéléphone:  +506-8902-0617 (Cel)
 
El Salvador
spacerJosué Hernandez email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  El Salvador 
spacerTéléphone:  +503-7737-8105 (Cel)
 
Guatemala
spacerSergio Bonilla email icon 35
 
Honduras email icon 35
 
Nicaragua email icon 35
 
Panama
spacerAlvaro Acosta email icon 35  fb icon
spacerTéléphone:  +50686570428
 
Amérique du sud
Coordonnateur de KinYouth Español
spacerAugust P. email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement: Caracas   
 
Argentina
 
  Groupes de médias sociaux:
  fb icon
spacerDario Franscovia email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  San Vicente, Misiones 
spacerTéléphone: +54 9376-414-5918(Cel)
 
Bolivia
spacerJulio Leyva email icon 35
spacerEmplacement:  Lima, Perú
spacerTéléphone:  +51 999-676-122 (Cel)
 
Chile
   Groupes de médias sociaux:
  fb icon
spacerClaudio Mattias email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  Valparaiso  
spacerTéléphone:  +56-9-5018-3185(Cel)
 
Colombia
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  fb icon
spacerJohny Ochoa email icon 35  fb icon
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Emplacement:  Bogotá 
spacerTéléphone: +57 300 8181074 (Cel)
Événements à venir
Bogotá Chapitre
   Arrive bientôt! email icon 35

Medellín Chapitre
   Arrive bientôt! email icon 35

Cartagena Chapitre
   Arrive bientôt! email icon 35
 
Ecuador
spacerAugust P. email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  Caracas 
 
Paraguay
spacerAugust P. email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  Caracas 
 
Peru
spacerJulio Leyva email icon 35
spacerEmplacement:  Lima, Perú
spacerTéléphone:  +51 999-676-122 (Cel)

 
Uruguay
spacerDario Franscovia email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  San Vicente, Misiones 
spacerTéléphone: +54 9376-414-5918(Cel)

 
Venezuela
spacerAugust P. email icon 35  fb icon
spacerEmplacement:  Caracas 
 
Asie
Chine
 (Comprend la Chine continentale et Macao)
spacerPeter Reynolds  email icon 35
 
• Taiwan
spacerBraden email icon 35
 
Philippines
spacer(dégager) email icon 35
 
Chapitre de Manila 
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Indonésie
spacerVictor email icon 35
 
Malaisie / Singapour
spacerAdam email icon 35
 
Corée du Sud
spacer(dégager) email icon 35
Australie / Nouvelle-Zélande
Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook  WhatsApp
Équipe de direction Australie / Nouvelle-Zélande
 email icon 35
 
Chapitre de Melbourne email icon 35

Chapitre de Perth email icon 35

Chapitre de Queensland email icon 35

Chapitre de Sydney email icon 35

Chapitre de Victoria email icon 35
Brésil
Groupes de médias sociauxfb icon WhatsApp
Coordinateur
spacerItamar Matos (Ita) email icon 35  Facebookspacer
spacerEmplacement:  Brasília - DF 
spacerTéléphone:  +55 61 3034-7946 (Casa)
spacerspacerspacer  +55 61 9292-5773 (Cel) 
spacerSkype:  fellowdfbr

Coordonnatrice des communications
spacerFabio Lessa  email icon 35

Coordinatrices féminines
spacerKenia Pacifico de Arruda &  email icon 35
spacerNatalia Raquel Caballero

 Coordinateur jeunesse
spacerItamar Matos (Ita) email icon 35  

Chapitre du nord du Brésil
  (AC, AP, AM, PA, RO, RR, TO)
spacer(dégager)
 email icon 35
 
Chapitre du nord-est du Brésil
  (BA, SE, AL, PE, PB, RN, CE, PI, MA)
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Chapitre du Midwest du Brésil
  (DF, GO, MS, MT)
spacerItamar Matos (Ita)
 email icon 35
 
Chapitre de São Paulo
spacerThiago Oliverttos & Everton Rafael
email icon 35
 
Chapitre de Rio de Janeiro
spacerGabriel Tardin, Victor Cunha email icon 35
spacer& Bruno Pimentel
 
Chapitre du Sud du Brésil
  (PR, RS, SC)
spacerRodrigo Kolosque & Silas Thomé email icon 35
 
Chapitre du Sud-Est du Brésil
  (SP, RJ, ES, MG)
spacer(dégager)
 email icon 35
 
Canada
Est du Canada  
(Ontario, Québec, Nunavut, Nouveau-Brunswick, Terre-Neuve, Nouvelle-Écosse, Île-du-Prince-Édouard)
spacerJerry McKay 
email icon 35
 
Ouest canadien  
(Colombie-Britannique, Territoire du Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba, Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Saskatchewan)
spacerDebbie Hawthorn-Toop  email icon 35
  

Chapitre de l'Alberta
spacerKen Clarke & Debbie Hawthorn-Toop email icon 35

Vancouver C.-B. Chapitre
spacer(dégager email icon 35
Caraïbes
Cuba
spacerJuan email icon 35
 
Jamaïque
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Porto Rico
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L'Europe
Groupes de médias sociaux: Facebook WhatsApp
Coordinateur européen
spacerRuud Kieboom  email icon 35
Événements à venir
 
Coordinateur européen de la jeunesse
spacer(dégager) email icon 35 
 
Allemagne WhatsApp
spacerTanja Koppers  email icon 35 
Événements à venir
 
les Pays-Bas
spacerRuud Kieboom  email icon 35
 
Angleterre
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook WhatsApp
spacerÉquipe de direction email icon 35  

Chapitre de Londres
spacerAdrian and Mel email icon 35
 
Chapitre de Manchester
spacerOrnette  email icon 35  

Espagne
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook
spacerVictorio  email icon 35
♥ Bienvenido a SDA Kinship en España. Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International es una organización de apoyo dedicada a lo espiritual, emocional, social y el bienestar físico de los adventistas actuales y anteriores del séptimo día que son lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transexuales (LGBT). Creemos que todos somos creados a imagen de Dios y que nadie debe ser maltratado o discriminado a causa de sus diferencias de orientación sexual. Kinship es una organización de voluntarios que defiende los derechos humanos de todas las personas.◊
♥ Bienvenido a SDA Kinship en España. Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International es una organización de apoyo dedicada a lo espiritual, emocional, social y el bienestar físico de los adventistas actuales y anteriores del séptimo día que son lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transexuales (LGBT). Creemos que todos somos creados a imagen de Dios y que nadie debe ser maltratado o discriminado a causa de sus diferencias de orientación sexual. Kinship es una organización de voluntarios que defiende los derechos humanos de todas las personas.◊
♥ Benvingut a SDA Kinship a Espanya. Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International és una organització de suport dedicada a l'espiritual, emocional, social i el benestar físic dels adventistes actuals i anteriors del setè dia que són lesbianes, gais, bisexuals i transsexuals (LGBT). Creiem que tots som creats a imatge de Déu i que ningú ha de ser maltractat o discriminat a causa de les seves diferències d'orientació sexual. Kinship és una organització de voluntaris que defensa els drets humans de totes les persones.◊
♥ Benvido á SDA Kinship en España. Seventh-day Adventist Kinship Internationall é unha organización dedicada á defensa, emocional, benestar físico e social espiritual dos adventistas actuais e antigos do sétimo día que son gays, lesbianas, bisexuais e transexuais (LGBT). Cremos que todos son creados á imaxe de Deus e que ninguén debe ser maltratados ou discriminados por mor das súas diferenzas de orientación sexual. O kinship é unha organización voluntaria que defende os dereitos humanos de todas as perso◊
♥ Ongi etorri SDA Espainian Kinship. Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International. da, espirituala, emozionala, soziala eta fisikoa Adventistas egungo ohia eta Zazpigarren eguneko diren lesbiana, gay, bisexual eta transexualen (LGBT) ongizateari eskainitako Sustapen erakunde bat. Guztiak ez daudela, Jainkoaren irudi eta inork ez tratu txarrak izan behar da edo diskriminatuta bere orientazio sexuala desberdintasunak sortu dela uste dugu. Kinship boluntario erakundea dela defendatzen du pertsona guztien giza eskubideak da.◊
Mexique

Groupes de médias sociaux: fb icon WhatsApp
spacerCoordinateur:
spacer(dégager) email icon 35  

 


Y a-t-il un autre groupe que vous aimeriez voir au sein de la communauté Kinship?  

Faites-nous savoir , aidez-nous à trouver un leader, ou vous pouvez vous porter volontaire pour démarrer le groupe.

États-Unis - RÉGIONS
Région 1
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvanie, Rhode Island et Vermont
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook 
      Coordinateur de Région:
         David Thaxton, Angel Rivera email icon 35
 
Massachusetts
Chapitre de Boston
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New York
Chapitre de New York  WhatsApp
spacerJoshua email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.
 
Région 2
D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Caroline du Nord, Virginie et Virginie-Occidentale
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook  WhatsApp
     Région Coordinateur:
spacer  Yolanda Elliott email icon 35  
 
Maryland & Washington, DC
Chapitre du Maryland-DC
spacerYolanda Elliott email icon 35
 Événements de chapitre
 
North Carolina
Chapitre d'Asheville
spacer(dégager) email icon 35
 
Région 3
Alabama, Floride, Géorgie, Mississippi, Caroline du Sud et Tennessee
   Groupes de médias sociaux: Facebook   
      Région Coordinateur:
spacer   Andrew Rester email icon 35
 
Floride
   Groupes de médias sociaux : Facebook
Chapitre de la Floride centrale
spacerErick & Steven email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.
Chapitre du Grand Miami
spacerRoberto  email icon 35
 
Chapitre sud-ouest de la Floride
spacerJuan email icon 35
 
Georgia
Chapitre d'Atlanta
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Tennessee
Chapitre de Chattanooga
spacer(dégager) email icon 35
 
Région 4
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio et Wisconsin
   Groupes de médias sociaux: Facebook      
      Région Coordinateur:
spacer   (dégager
email icon 35
 
Missouri
Chapitre de Saint Louis
spacerEdgar Umana email icon 35
 
Michigan
Chapitre du Michigan
spacerTami Doty email icon 35
 
Chapitre de l'Université Andrews
spacerJuanita email icon 35
 
Région 5
Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana,Oklahoma, & Texas
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook   
      Région Coordinateur
spacer   Floyd Poenitz email icon 35
 
Texas
Chapitre du Texas du Nord 
    
Groupes de médias sociauxFacebook  WhatsApp Logo 2 
spacerFloyd Poenitz email icon 35 
spacer(Floyd vit dans la banlieue de Dallas-Fort Worth)
 
Région 6
• Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota,  South Dakota, Utah, & Wyoming
   Groupes de médias sociaux:   
spacerRégion 
Coordinateur:
spacer   (dégager
email icon 35
Colorado
Chapitre de Boulder / Denver
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Nebraska
Chapitre de Lincoln
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Nouveau Mexique
Chapitre d'Albuquerque
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Région 7
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, & Washington
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook   
      Région 
Coordinateur:
spacer   (dégager
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Washington
Chapitre de Seattle
spacerChristina email icon 35
 
Walla Walla Valley Chapitre
spacerTerry email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.
  
Oregon
Chapitre de Portland
spacerSean, Grant, & Tara email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.
 
Région 8
Californie du Nord, Hawaii et Nevada
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook
      Région Coordinateur:
spacer   Obed Vazquez-Ortiz email icon 35  
 
Le nord de la Californie
Chapitre de Sacramento
spacerNorma email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.
Chapitre de San Francisco
spacerPeter email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.

Région 9
Arizona et Californie du Sud
   Groupes de médias sociaux:  Facebook
   Région Coordinateur:
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Californie du Sud
Chapitre de Inland Empire
spacerGabriel & Chase email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
 
Chapitre de Los Angeles
spacerRey email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.
 
Chapitre de Palm Springs
spacerJoc Anderson email icon 35
Événements de chapitre
Il n'y a pas d'événement planifié à venir.
 





Plus de façons de CONNECTER
Español

SDA Kinship International es una organización de apoyo voluntario que aboga por los derechos humanos de cada individuo. Creemos que toda persona es creada a la imagen de Dios y que nadie debe ser maltratado o discriminado por su orientación sexual. SDA Kinship International es una organización de apoyo voluntario que aboga por los derechos humanos de cada individuo. Creemos que toda persona es creada a la imagen de Dios y que nadie debe ser maltratado o discriminado por su orientación sexual. A través de la educación, el apoyo, y la reconciliación, Kinship International, Inc. facilita y promueve la comprensión y aceptación de los Adventistas GLTB entre ellos mismos y dentro de la comunidad mundial de la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día. http://www.sdakinship.org

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    Coordinator:
    August P. email icon 35 

Famille et amis
SDA Kinship’s family community is diverse and includes experienced and supportive family members: parents, pastors, church administrators, and other professionals, all having a common bond—an LQBTIQ+ family member. 
 
Discovering a relative is LGBTIQ+ can be emotional, difficult, and complex. While walking, or having walked this path before, members of SDA Kinship’s family community have used their experience and knowledge to develop strong, safe paths of communication between themselves and their LGBTIQ+ family members, even when disagreements linger. 
 
They are available and happy to share their stories and experiences.
 
If someone in your family is LQBTIQ+ and you are currently struggling with how to best love your LQBTIQ+ family member and reconcile that with your Seventh-day Adventist or Christian beliefs, or if you have already made progress on that journey, SDA Kinship’s Family Community welcomes you and wants to support you on your journey.
 
Join Kinship as a Family Member or Friend/Straight Ally here!
 
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FAMILLE & AMIS BLOG POSTS (EN ANGLAIS)
ZOOM CONNECTIONS

wiltsWe 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.   

Being separated by distance and time can make connecting more difficult. Remember the days you waited for a letter to arrive in the mail, a handwritten piece of life from a dear family member or friend? Then the telephone became popular and available and you didn’t have to stop at a payphone to call someone. I remember our first home phone was a party line with three neighbors; we all knew each other’s business!

Then the internet arrived, and we suddenly were connecting quickly across the state, country, or overseas with hand-held mobile phones. Connecting and communicating became easy and available.

Recently a virus appeared and quickly changed our standard ways of connecting and sharing. Suddenly we couldn’t be together, we couldn’t give hugs, we couldn’t see each other in person, and a new tool arrived to help us connect: ZOOM gatherings!

Carolyn and I are beginning to use ZOOM to connect with our SDA Kinship Family and Friends. We strongly desire to create a monthly ZOOM conference where all family members, friends, and Kinship members can gather, meet, share, and discuss valuable topics. Each conference will last at least one hour but no longer than 90 minutes.  

Our June conference had two Kinship allies from Europe, a pastor and a college professor. We had a retired General Conference attorney, several mothers, several Kinship leaders, and a gay female ex-pastor who is writing a book about her life and its challenges. 

We desire to address all topics and questions that anyone and everyone gives us. We are thinking about taking a topic and preparing a video pre-conference so everyone can watch it and develop their thoughts, comments, and questions for discussion at the live ZOOM session.

If you desire to be “unseen” you can be and are very welcome. We have several purposes. There is considerable useful and accurate information to share regarding LGBT+ families, faith, relationships, needs, and desires. With certain topics, we desire to have specialists in those areas be part of the taped presentation as well as part of the live discussions. 

Carolyn and I are not experts in many areas, but we are good facilitators to help us safely and successfully explore many sensitive areas. Our goal is to create a strong, broad group of family and friends to support our Kinship members and their families. We strongly desire to create a safe “family room discussion atmosphere” where new families experiencing the LGBT+ life phases have a comfortable place to share and receive genuine and valuable information, suggestions, and support.

Please feel free to share any ideas, topics, and questions you would like to discuss.

CONNEXION :)

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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?? How do you feel when a scheduled gathering is cancelled or you can’t attend?

Recently many of us have experienced those feelings with our COVID-19 challenges of “stay at home” or “follow the social distancing” recommendations. Yes, the virus has caused immediate and very close difficulties for many of us. We can’t visit dear family members suddenly isolated in a hospital room for non-virus health issues. Or maybe you’ve lost a family member to a non-virus disease or other health issues, and you can’t even be with them or support your family members.

Being “disconnected” can be painful and emotionally impactive. Our feelings can run deep through separation and rejection. Many of us are feeling the results of separation and loss which we have no control over.

Today’s emotional challenges may be a real glimpse into the same emotional feelings and challenges LGBT+ families encounter often. As mentioned above, we human beings enjoy connecting with each other. We naturally experience many energizing responses inside ourselves—in our thoughts, emotions, and responses. We can feel happy and excited to be connected.

But if we are confused about a relationship—if we don’t fully understand a family member’s desires, beliefs, and behaviors—our connections can become bruised and even broken. Those uplifting feelings, those happy warm emotions turn cool—even cold. We can feel lost, and the misunderstood family member can feel rejected and helpless!

Both sides may wonder what to do, how to safely connect and grow rather than sever a desired family relationship and lose potential healing connections. Although each family is made up of individuals with unique genes and learnings, if we desire to learn and understand how each of us does feel and think, we can connect with other people and other families and be open to their experiences, growth, and acceptance.

Today Kinship LGBT+ members have created strong bridges of communication with each other around the world. And our Kinship Family & Friends members need to see the value in connecting with each other and helping ourselves understand many complicated and, possibly different, ideas and thoughts that can and will benefit ourselves and our families.

The positive art of connecting is flexible and variable; but together moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents and aunts, uncles, and cousins can connect, share, and learn from each other. Working together, we can recover our intimate family connections and see our families bloom into healthy families.

Our Family & Friends ZOOM call on Sunday, June 14 is our start to meet new family members, our start to learn how to communicate and share safely, our start to help ourselves and our families grow into supportive, accepting, and loving people.

We look forward to CONNECTING on SUNDAY, JUNE 14. Save the date on your calendars! More details will follow for your safe connection and beneficial participation.

CONNECTER - PARTAGER - SUPPORT

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Kinship Family & Friends wants to become experts and promoters of those three actions. Carolyn and John strongly believe that by CONNECTING all interested Family & Friends members we can enrich and enlarge our support and participation in Kinship's goals to make life better for all of its members and their willing family members. Imagine doubling or tripling active involvement of LGBTQ+ family members within their own families, with other families, and with other Kinship members. 

Once we are connected and know each other better, we can establish different lines of communication so we can SHARE family life situations and solutions with each other. Carolyn and John have over 25 years of experience and involvement with their gay son and his life. In addition, they have also connected and become friends and supporters of more gay and lesbian friends, transgender friends, and a few other LGBTQ+ folks. Imagine the personal knowledge and support we have collectively between all Kinship Family & Friends members! 

As we become familiar and comfortable sharing personal experiences, excellent articles and studies, valuable books, TV programs, and movies, we can help other families. We know a couple of pastors that have quietly asked their congregations, "How many of you have an LGBTQ+ family member, maybe not a son or daughter, but a niece or nephew, grandchild, cousin, brother, or sister?" Answers range between 40-45%, and that's just folks who know. How many silent families also exist in our congregations? Carolyn and John are comfortable that at least 50% of our congregation and faith friends probably have one or more LGBTQ+ family members; and we all know the stresses, confusions, emotions, and loneliness that can occur. 

This leads us to the third action to SUPPORT those families as we all walk along through our own family journey. None of us are experts with all the correct medical, psychological, or theological professional answers—if they even exist—but we all are parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and grandparents. We do have real-life experiences with successes and mistakes.

So by connecting, sharing, and supporting, we can develop useful bridges of communication and understandings. Together we can make new friends, learn new ideas and information, and help more families grow loving, understanding, and accepting. 

Please feel free to comment and add to this concept. How would you like to connect? What useful ideas and suggestions popped into your mind as you read this? 

LET'S START CONNECTING!

SOYONS TENACIOUS!

wiltsToday's world is a bit chaotic! A few weeks ago our political world was filled with various discussions, opinions, needs, and desires and gatherings. Our physical world was moving out of wintertime and looking forward to springtime with less snow, tornadoes, and rain, and more wildflowers and wonderful sunsets. Suitcases and hiking backpacks were coming out of their closets getting ready for fun trips, looking forward to cruises, vacations, school proms and graduations, and spring break. Then suddenly our world changed!

Our plans were dampened and some were washed away. The virus arrived and, with it, major changes to our plans, our lives, and our immediate futures.

So what? We can overcome it! God has given each of us the ability to be tenacious, to be strong and accepting of our temporary "new" world.

One day our gay son Aric discovered a tree near our lakeside cabin in the California High Sierras. This 80-feet tall pine tree stood boldly upright on a 20-foot tall granite ledge. It only had two roots to feed it and hold it upright. One root grew toward the mountain into rich soil and rocks. The second root snaked its way back and forth, over and down the face of the ledge. It was over 30 feet long, almost 2 feet in diameter, and at its far end it dropped straight down about 5 feet into its rich soil.

Aric came back to the cabin and said, "Mom and Dad, I've got something neat to show you." And he drove us back over to "the tree." We walked up and studied "the tree." He and I climbed up the ledge and found the back good root, then we came back to the front and examined the bold exploring root. Wow, it had worked hard to find food for its tree!

Aric said, "Mom and Dad, this is my tenacious tree. It reflects my life and our family life!"

He was correct. As I've studied the word tenacious, I found that it fit our family's needs. And today it also fits our Kinship Family & Friends' needs.

Tenacious can mean "holding firmly" like that root held its tree firmly to the ground and granite ledge. As Kinship members and family and friends members, we can also purposely hold firmly to each other, to support each other, to even be roots of emotional and loving support to each other, and keep ourselves and our families upright and firm.

Tenacious can also mean being stubborn and persistent. Again, I'm sure that tenacious root was stubborn and persistent when the strong winds tried to blow it's tree over, tried to end it's life, but the root wouldn't let go—it hung on! Sometimes when the winds of hate and misunderstanding try and blow us over, insult our members, and bruise our families, we can also support each other and not let go either.

Another tenacious definition reflects on being strongly cohesive or adhesive. Through tenacity, we can stick together and support each other. Don't give up and let anyone or anything pry you away from your family and friends. Sadly, we still have many folks that honestly don't understand. They still believe what they've been incorrectly taught, and only our loving tenacity can start to change their feelings and beliefs.

Finally, tenacity is also being retentive: the ability to retain or remember. So as you think about your own lives, your own families, your own life experiences, search out the positive and fun memories, recall and share those tenacious memories. They are great tools and emotional triggers to make a moment or maybe a day brighter and survivable.

Thanks, Aric, for finding your tenacious tree. Your thoughts and feelings about it were right on. Today our family memorial plaque for Aric still sits below that tenacious root. If you ever visit the June Lake Loop, off of highway 395 in Mono County, let us know and we'll tell you how to find the tenacious tree.

Blessings to all, and happy tenacity!

SENTIMENTS & ÉMOTIONS

The Wilts

Feelings are the world’s universal language. Do you have feelings? Do you know where they come from? Or what caused them? Do they impact your life? Are they important to you and your life?

YES should have been your answer for every question. Our feelings are us. They reflect where we are emotionally at the time we felt them. And if you think a moment about feelings, have you noticed that everyone has them no matter who they are or where they are? People around the world laugh in the same way. They giggle or explode with laughter when something funny occurs in their sight or mind or hearing. We also cry and feel bad when something sad happens in our lives.

Each of us, as a person, is impacted daily by our feelings. Our feelings are also alive and well in our relationships with others and their relationship with us. Our partners, our families, our friends, and our enemies all generate feelings when we interact, some great, some just good, some sad, and some really create anger and hate. That’s us. That’s our feelings. And to live better lives, have better relationships, and better family communication, we need to understand where feelings come from. We need to understand what they mean to each of us.  

Our feelings are us. Just like my brain is me. I am my brain. My feelings are me. I am my feelings. Some folks don’t agree when we share those statements on a marriage encounter weekend. But over 40 years and several hundred weekends we have personally watched thousands of husbands and wives discover their feelings, learn to share and accept each other’s feelings and often see their acceptances of each other. Their understandings of each other become acceptable and even desired as they personally learned how to find feelings, share feelings safely, build safe communication bridges between each other, and bond together in loving support. 

Marriage encounter basically focuses on husbands and wives, but we urge them to share their new communication tools with their children, and we’ve had many share how successful their family communications became. Carolyn and I believe very strongly and emotionally that these tools will be very useful for our Kinship members and their families.   We want to teach and share about feelings, emotions, and personalities, creating safe bridges of communication within a family, with the goal of helping all family members understand and connect with all their willing family members. Our family communication workshop is almost ready for use.

Let’s stop a few minutes and chat about feelings. What are feelings? Our Adventist theologist taught they were right and wrong, correctable good ones and devil-imposed bad ones. Our pastors had a difficult time accepting the real fact that “feelings are an instantaneous reaction to a person, place, or situation.” They are not right or wrong! They are how our brains react to various stimuli. 

Feelings and their companion emotions are a new, vibrant topic being discovered in all relationships. Imagine a world without feelings! There would be no glue to bind humans together; life would be colorless and isolated. It was an honor to spend time with our Kenya Kinship members at Kampmeeting last summer. We laughed and cried over the same topics, over the same successes and challenges. Sharing feelings was a common communication tool that worked smoothly and successfully. We laughed and hugged throughout the Kampmeeting as they shared their journeys. Feelings are the same worldwide; languages are not. 

Let’s learn about our feelings. Some of us must search for them. Others have them handy and visible. Let’s become comfortable finding them and sharing them. We can all grow stronger, visible, and successful in our desire and goal to enrich families, especially new families, as they find our Kinship path and join our journey.

DESIRS DE FAMILLE ET D'AMIS

 

The WiltsHello Family, Friends, and Kinship members—Carolyn and I felt honored and humbled when we were invited to become coordinators of the Kinship Family & Friends activities. We have been loving and supporting members along with our gay son Aric for many years. Unfortunately, he lived in New York City so we didn’t physically attend together.

Over the years of enjoyable participation, we have always felt warmly welcomed but often, after attending a Kampmeeting, we drove away wondering if we had helped the members in any way ... oh we shared great stories ... we laughed and cried over challenging moments ... we all had fun BUT...

.... what about the families that weren’t there ... what about the friends who weren’t sure they should attend too ... what about the moms and dads ... brothers and sisters ... aunts and uncles ... grandparents ... how do we reach out to them and help them want to accept ... attend ... and embrace the Kinship journey and their family members?

The Board asked us to create “our” program for Board review and acceptance. We did and they accepted. Let us briefly share our desires which will turn into goals as we formalize each area. Carolyn and I feel strongly about helping “ families” gain knowledge and understanding of the “LGBTIQ universe” ... (that’s John’s term) ... but he sees our human world as a large, complex, dynamic universe .... with many different swirling bodies made up of different ingredients .. beliefs ... opinions ... and feelings ... and focusing on the need to create and activate understanding and acceptance of our Kinship universe.

Also, we believe strongly about helping families build and maintain healthy family relationships. As we help family members understand and accept ... hopefully, we can help all members accept and absorb all feelings of life and love from all family members. We understand the challenges that can occur ... but we also have some excellent tools for finding and sharing feelings that can yield wonderful results. Feelings are the strongest internal ingredient each one of us has ... but finding them ... learning to share them effectively ... and accepting them is a gift that each one of us can do if we want to. Another goal is to help Kinship members and supporters learn those tools.

John, the scientist, also believes we need to create, assemble, and provide an accurate, trustable resource library of information ... programs ... interviews ... and other communications that all members can access for their specific needs. This “library” will also be available to any person or family reaching into Kinship for understanding and support. We feel strongly that concerned, confused, and even scared and depressed family members need a comfortable, safe, understanding, and available place to enter and explore. We have visited our present collection of information but, personally, believe it could become more interactive ... more personable for our own SDA universe ... even more, effective to every visitor.

As this activity matures and grows ... we dream of 1,000s of safe family rooms across the country where “new” families can come ... relax ... ask questions ... gain knowledge and support ... and hopefully, create strong bonds of understanding and love with their family member ... Of course, we also want to reach out and reconnect with Kinship families already knowledgeable and supporting ... because their family rooms may start to bring this dream true. 

Also please feel comfortable and free to offer new dreams ... ideas ... comments ... suggestions ... Carolyn and I are only the coordinators of this part of Kinship ... we do need your support too. Thanks for letting us be part of your Kinship movement ... Kinship is important ... sacred ... meaningful ... and appropriate.

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Femmes

KinWomen fournit un lieu sûr pour que les femmes se soutiennent mutuellement et partagent leurs expériences de vie.

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    Directeur des intérêts des femmes:
    Debbie Hawthorn-Toop email icon 35  

Hommes

KinMen fournit un endroit sûr pour que les hommes se soutiennent mutuellement et partagent leurs expériences de vie.

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Jeunesse

KinYouth welcomes those who are under the age of 30, LGBTIQ+, or a friend or ally as members of the worldwide community of SDA Kinship International.

Join an ever-expanding community that walks together, with pride, in love and acceptance just as they are and just as God created them to be. Faith, spirituality, religious identity, sexual orientation, and gender identity all come together in this inclusive family whether you are "in" or "out of the closet" or discovering more about yourself.

You are unique, you are valued, and you are cherished!

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      Directeur des intérêts de la jeunesse:
      Peter Lu  email icon 35  

personnes âgées de plus de 65 ans

The “Golden Years” can be challenging. You may find yourself free from the daily grind of work and parenting, but you’re likely also dealing with increased financial pressure, health problems, and social disconnection. LGBTIQ seniors often find these challenges magnified.

Kinship Seniors aims to provide mutual support by providing information and lively discussions in a welcoming environment. Many LGBTIQ seniors grew up in a time when homosexuality was a crime and considered a mental illness. Sometimes LGBTIQ seniors deal with people in terms of their finances, medical care, or housing, and continue those old practices of keeping a part of yourself private for safety’s sake.

Kinship Seniors on Facebook provides a safe place to connect and share. Kinship Kampmeeting will also provide opportunities to provide social connections and focused presentations that will provide helpful support.

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      Kinship Seniors Coordinator:
      Andrew Dykstra  email icon 35  

Transgenre / Intersexué

Ces groupes offrent aux membres transgenres et intersexués un endroit sûr pour se soutenir mutuellement et partager leurs expériences de vie.

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    Randi  email icon 35  

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