John Gustav-Wrathall has been elected as 2016 Affirmation President. His election and selection of Sara Jade Woodhouse as Senior Vice President and Adrián Sanchez Román as Vice President has been ratified by the Affirmation Board of Directors. These three will constitute the 2016 Executive Committee. The current Executive Committee – Randall Thacker, Todd Richardson, and Kathy Carlston will all join the Affirmation Board of Directors. Fred Bowers will also continue serving as a member of the Board. This is the first Affirmation Executive Committee to include a transgender person and a Latino and non-U.S. citizen.
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
I have played the organ every week for 30 years. I have led the choir for 3 different periods. I have taught Priesthood, Sunday School, given talks; played for baptisms, weddings, and funerals; composed over 30 vocal pieces for Sacrament Meeting; run the Stake Christmas Concert, and conducted a concert of LDS forces at Carnegie Hall. I have played the organ for church functions at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. Though there has been some discord, I have never been away from the Church for more than a short burst…It’s different, this time.
Many LGBT members consider one of their greatest gifts to be a greater capacity to love their fellow man. They feel an increased awareness, empathy, compassion, and desire to serve others, especially those who have faced uphill battles in society. Depending on the discussion and as led by the Spirit, a personal experience involving this greater capacity to love may help tear down walls and build bridges towards love and understanding of each other within the group.
By Dave Sandberg
At the Affirmation Conference, Fiona Givens pointed out that even the Lord of the vineyard feels ready to give up on this project, yet continues to persevere, knowing that both the tame and the wild olive trees will perish if left to themselves. But if grafted together, they will become different from what they have been – and provide vital nourishment and strength to each other as they continue to grow. There are both tame and wild olive trees that grow within my own character that need pruning, grafting, and managing.
Perspectives on LDS Church Leaders’ Nov. 13th Clarification of Policies for Same-Sex Relationships and their Children
The new policy and clarification seem to assume that very few gay or lesbian Mormon couples have a desire to raise their children in the Church. Yes, many have left activity because they felt excluded, were disciplined, or were treated insensitively by members and church leaders. Yet, there remain a significant number of gay and lesbian Mormons who are same-sex partnered, married or planning to marry, who also have or hope to have children, and had planned on raising them in the Church.
‘For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come ,nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Read the reactions of various parents to the Church’s changes to the handbook.
This article includes a comprehensive list of blogs, articles, podcasts, news, etc. about the policy change.
Nós reafirmamos a divindade e dignidade de todos os filhos e filhas de Deus e todas as famílias e o potencial que cada uma delas tem para amar e se apoiar neste mundo e no próximo. Nós permanecemos na solidariedade com todos as crianças, indivíduos e famílias que foram empurradas para longe, e lamentamos com aqueles profundamente magoados por esta política.