SDA Kinship News

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to YOU!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to YOU

Thanks to you, SDA Kinship is stronger today!

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Pastor: Song Reference Not Intended To Incite Violence

Jamaica: Adventist pastor apologizes after favorably citing song lyrics that call for the shooting death of LGBT people:

We Know the Love of God: A Reflection On the Trans Day of Remembrance

By the 2018/19 Transgender Seminarian Cohort: Davíd E. Patiño and Ezra Fairley-Collins, Jude Johnson, Greyson Kentopp, Erica Saunders, Cole Williams

As trans people, we know the love of God. We feel it in our bones, in the very skin that lines our bodies, in the very nature of who we are. God is that voice within us that shows us the way to authenticity, to self-love, and to community. The Holy Spirit is at work within and through us. The Holy Spirit is that which can transform our deepest anger, sadness, and loneliness into something new. We can recognize this when the impossible happens, when inside us, despite our despair, there is the tiniest of lights, the smallest sign of hope, the little bit of energy that seems to be coming from within us. The Holy Spirit is that which resurrects us from the death we experience deep inside us from trauma. It is the darkness that shelters us and keeps us safe. The Holy Spirit resurrects us and allows us to see our own sacred divinity.

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Share your story in the new How We Fit In podcast.


How We Fit In is a podcast project dedicated to sharing the stories of current and former Seventh-day Adventist church members all around the world. We want to explore how over 25 million unique individuals fit under one belief system. We all have stories to tell, and they deserve to be heard.

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Moving Forward: Let Them Know You Exist and You Belong

This month, two events affecting Adventist members of the LGBTIQ community fell on the same day.  October 11 was National Coming Out Day, and it was also the beginning of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Annual Council—the governing body of the world church between General Conference SThis month, two events affecting Adventist members of the LGBTIQ community fell on the same day.  October 11 was National Coming Out Day, and it was also the beginning of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Annual Council—the governing body of the world church between General Conference Sessions.

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At the October 2018 Annual Council (#GCAC18), Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders approved a widely debated document that unprecedentedly proposes, among other things, “public reprimand” and “disciplinary measures” that include removal of conference leaders from committees due to matters of what is determined to be “non-compliance.”

We agree with the North American Division of the church that the voted document “does not follow the biblical values proclaimed by the Protestant reformers and the founders of the Adventist Church.”

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Basic LGBT Theology


Reinder Bruinsma has been a Seventh-day Adventist conference president for the Netherlands and for Belgium, General Conference administrator, pastor, and author - among several other things. In what he loosely calls his "retirement" he continues to write, speak to Adventist leadership and laity conferences and, attend other meetings around the world. 

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SDA Kinship Press Release

Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International (SDA Kinship) is joining a chorus of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning) advocacy groups in calling on the Maritime Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to rescind its invitation to Coming Out Ministries, one of the featured presenters at a youth event in Pugwash, N.S., this July.

Here’s Why
While Coming Out Ministries (COM) has been promoted as being representative of LGBTIQ people, oddly, the leaders of this ” ministry” do not identify as LGBTIQ. Instead, they use terms such as “redeemed” to describe their sexual orientation. Their philosophy is predicated entirely on a model that views LGBTIQ people as fundamentally flawed and broken.

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Updates to Our Privacy Policy

Your privacy and preferences are important to us at SDA Kinship, and we are providing this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

We have recently updated our Privacy Policy so that you have a better understanding of what we do with your data.

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New NAD Booklet on Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones

On the weekend of April 20, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division (NAD) hosted a workshop that included a select group of church leaders and lay members. The purpose of the workshop was to “participate and preview a new resource (booklet) titled Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones: Adventist Edition.”

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April 2018 eNews

Dear friends,

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Kinship Kampmeeting 2018

Kinship Kampmeeting 2018 is July 11-14 and our Women & Children First Retreat is July 6-11 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States!

Kampmeeting takes place at the Homewood Suites at BWI and our Women & Children First Retreat takes place July 6-11 at a place near downtown Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

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European Kinship Meeting

September 6-10 in Vienna

SDA Kinship’s annual European Kinship Meeting (EKM) takes place September 6-10 in Vienna, Austria, a city famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.

The location for EKM is Don Bosco Haus, a Center of Continuing Education that has comfortable places to sleep, food for vegetarians and meat eaters, a very nice meeting room for our gatherings, and very calm surroundings.

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Out Spoken

Mensagem do Presidente

A tradução em português brasileiro estará disponível em breve!

A few days ago, the SDA Kinship leadership team met in Baltimore, Maryland, for our annual Spring Board Meeting where we spent a lot of time working on new initiatives to build a better tomorrow for our members and allies. You’ll get more details about these initiatives in the coming weeks.

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Mensagem do Presidente

Ele te declarou, ó homem, o que é bom; e que é o que o Senhor pede de ti, senão que pratiques a justiça, e ames a benignidade, e andes humildemente com o teu Deus? Miquéias 6:8

A igreja na qual participo está no meio de uma série de sermões com base no texto de Miquéias 6: 8.    Agradeço porque este texto  fala sobre o que Deus diz o que é bom para nós: ver que a justiça é feita, ser justo com o próximo, amar a misericórdia ou amar a bondade e a lealdade e viver humildemente caminhando com Deus. Quando penso nesse versículo, penso no nosso relacionamento com o proximo. Vejo as injustiças sociais ao meu redor e isso faz com que eu queira fazer a minha parte para garantir que o mundo seja um lugar mais justo para todos.

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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

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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Comissão do SDA Kinship: Criação do novo logotipo

O grupo Kinship dos adventistas do sétimo dia, International, Inc. (SDA Kinship) iniciou o processo de criação de um novo logotipo que melhor representa a organização na era digital. Isso faz parte de um maior esforço de repaginagem enquanto trabalhamos para melhorar nossa presença impressa e on-line.

"Queríamos envolver os nossos membros ao longo do processo para que tenhamos um consenso sobre o que o logotipo deveria ser",  segundo a opinião  de  Clinton Sorzano, diretor de comunicações da SDA Kinship.

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A Sanctuary for Conversation Workshop


Connect with SDA Kinship at GCN 2018 in Denver


Floyd Poenitz
Vice President

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by Debbie Widmer, Family and Friends Coordinator

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and it’s not over yet. First was preschool graduation, with those adorable children in miniature caps and gowns waving their hands, unashamedly, at their parents. Next came eighth-grade graduation a week later. These young people tried out their adult looks—awkwardly child-like one moment and boldly confident the next. Today was an academy graduation. These graduates are on the brink of adulthood, making adult decisions about their futures.

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An Open Letter to Any Parent of an LGBTIAQ+ Child

From: Kris and Debbie Widmer.

Recently and ongoingly (Kris is a poet and wordsmith so occasionally he forges odd words), transgender people have been in the news. The world and national news and the internal news that Adventists hear through their social media and other communication channels.

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My People

My People

(A column I wrote for our church newsletter.)

No. I will not. Don't bother asking. I will not do it. I know what the rule book says. I know about tradition. I know all the Bible texts. I know those who are urging me to do it speak from longstanding, venerable conviction. I understand all that. But I will not do it. I will not shut the door on my kids. I will not say to any of them, “not my people.”

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