Last night I opened up my email and found that two prominent opponents of the oppression of LGBT people in Christian churches have made some staffing changes.
First, Soulforce added Carol Boltz, former wife of Christian music icon Ray Boltz, to the Soulforce Board of Directors. Since Ray announced his coming out last year (she’d known since late 2004), Carol has been unbelievably supportive as she and her family reevaluated their beliefs. As her bio on the Soulforce website says:
As a mother of four grown children, and a grandmother to two, Carol was married for over 30 years until her husband, Ray, came out as gay. Their fundamentalist Christian background was shaken to realize that being gay was not a choice, and Carol had to reevaluate the core of her beliefs. She describes this as both a heartbreaking and growing life change, and one that has led her to a very different path. Rather than distance herself from the issues involved, Carol has become an advocate of both straight spouses as well as the GLBTQ communities.
Soulforce advocates “freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.” Carol Boltz also announced her new position has her own blog.
At the same time, Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) has announced via email some staff changes. RMN, for the uninitiated, is “a national network of United Methodist-focused organizations advocating for the full inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the life of the Church.”
After sixteen years of ministry affirming that “Reconciling is the radical notion that gay people want to go to church” Sue Laurie officially retires from her staff role with RMN on September 7 at the Justice and Joy convocation. In her past eight years as outreach staff, she has faithfully spread the Good News that all are welcome at God’s table.
Carl Davis joins Reconciling Ministries Network after having spent the last seven years pastoring United Methodist congregations in the North Indiana Conference. Prior to that Carl was a Captain in The Salvation Army, where he served as the Executive Director for The Salvation Army in Miami County, Indiana, and as the Assistant Director of The Salvation Army in Columbia, Missouri.
(I’m not sure how long that link will be active, so here’s a screen shot.)
If you’ve been around this blog from the beginning, you may remember Sue Laurie as the author of a fantastic letter in reaction to the nightmare that was General Conference 2008. Her passion will certainly be missed.
There are also two open positions at RMN. You can check out the job descriptions and requirements for an Associate Executive Director and an Administrative and Donor Relations Associate at the link. If I lived in Chicago, I’d be fighting you for the second one.