EXHIBITION HALL TABLE WITNESS:
Open Wednesday morning through Friday afternoon, the Rio Texas Reconciling Ministries Team table has handouts and volunteers to help answer your questions about the importance of starting conversations about welcoming LGBTQ+ people in community and church. Stop by for a visit and pick up your own personal sign of welcome – a complimentary rainbow ribbon! To sign up to help, contact Rev. Nancy Mossman at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLENARY HALL WITNESS:
Reconciling United Methodists will be present with signs and songs as a witness to the
bountiful love of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Contact Lynda Rife, lay leader at Oak Hill UMC for more details: email@example.com
ORDINATION SERVICE WITNESS:
Reconciling United Methodists will gather in the Selena Auditorium before the 7:30pm service Friday night, wearing all-black (or dark) clothing and rainbow stoles to sit on the side(s) of the auditorium. During the three times that the ordinands are blessed, the witnesses will stand silently for the duration of the blessing, in memory of United Methodists who are not being commissioned or ordained due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. All respectful participants are welcome to join in this witness.
The Rio Texas Reconciling Team developed this witness in 2014, and has repeated it since in support of M Barclay and other ordinands who have not been treated fairly by our conference Board of Ordained Ministry, because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. We also wish to honor the memory of Gene Leggett, who held a witness during the Southwest Texas (as part of the Rio Texas conference was formerly named) Annual Conference ordination service for many years after being stripped of his ordination because of his sexual orientation. The Rio Texas Reconciling Team ordination service witness is designed to provide a safe and respectful means for those who wish to call attention to an unjust situation. We plan to repeat this witness every year in memory of those who cannot be ordained due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. For more info contact lay leader at Saint John’s, Joy Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org