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Reconciling United Methodists and Friends of North Carolina




Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness

Duke University

September 27th 2003



"Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness" LINKS



A day-long conference focused on worshipping together, sharing and learning how you can make the United Methodist Church more inclusive of its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters.


This event is co-sponsored by Reconciling United Methodists and Friends of North Carolina and Sacred Worth of Duke Divinity School


Events and presenters for the day include:


·         Inspiring key-note speech by United Methodist justice seeker Jimmy Creech

·         An inclusive worship service lead by Dr. Philip Wogaman, former Senior Minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.  Worship will be held in Duke Divinity School’s York Chapel.

·         General Conference 2004 update from Cathy Knight, Acting Director of Reconciling Ministries Network

·         3 highly informative workshops lead by noteworthy United Methodists.  Participants will choose from the following 8:



"Didn't Wesley settle this 200 years ago?"

Dr. Gayle Felton

History of the struggle in the UMC


U  U  U


"How can we shape the Discipline?"

Dr. Belton Joyner

Resolutions and processes of Annual and General Conferences


U  U  U


"Pastor, my grandson is gay..."

Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman
Pastoral care for families of GLBT persons


U  U  U


"Has the Methodist Church ever excluded any of God's children before?"

Dr. Youtha Hardman-Cromwell

Parallels between issues of race and homosexuality in the church


U  U  U


"What difference could I possibly make in my Annual Conference?"

Sam Isley, Helen King and Dr. Jean E. Aycock

On courage and techniques for witnessing in love

U  U  U


"Where can I find out what my church believes?"

Members of University UMC, Chapel Hill, NC

Planning and teaching

"The Church Studies Homosexuality"


U  U  U


"What does the Bible say about this?"

Sue Laurie
An overview of relevant OT and NT texts


U  U  U


"The Kids are Alright"

Nick Shepard, co-creator/producer
 Video documentary produced by Triangle area GLBT teens


"See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness"  Mark 1: 2 (NRSV)



Registration Information and more can be found by clicking here.  We are looking forward to a highly informative, Grace filled, and Spirit led day.  Don't miss it!

To download a flyer that you can place in your local church click here.

On these pages you can find resources to make your local congregation more welcoming.  Also, check our calendar for upcoming events in North Carolina including all-inclusive worship services, workshops and support gatherings. 

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