The Salt Lake City Community of Christ Congregation has teamed up with Harmony to make space for some discussion on the oh-so-important topic of inclusive language!
We all know inclusive language is important, but how can we implement it in meaningful ways?
Join us on Saturday, March 27 at 2 p.m. MDT for a Facebook Live event with Salt Lake City Pastor Carla Long and Harmony President Parker Johnson where we take your questions and respond to real-life situations you, your congregation, your mission center, your camps/events, etc. have encountered.
The event will be streamed to Harmony's Facebook Page here.
Attendees will take away a better understanding of how they might incorporate inclusive language and policies into their lives, congregations, and mission centers.
To our members and supporters,
The Harmony Board proudly presents our 2020 annual report for your review. In an unprecedented year, we are excited to publish this unprecedented report; an overview of our collective achievements, metrics, and stories throughout the 2020 calendar year.
Last year was terribly disruptive for all of us - pushing nearly everyone to their limits with isolation, job insecurity, fear, political division, and more. And yet, in the midst of such uncertainty, Harmony’s mission, vision, and purpose resonated with so many and became a virtual thread connecting all of us around the world.
This report reflects the remarkable worldwide support the organization received from each and every member, supporter, donor, Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ person, and ally. On behalf of the Harmony Board of Directors, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support is not only personally meaningful to us, but most importantly, it is saving Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ lives and changing hearts around the world.
Your Harmony Board of Directors
The Harmony Board of Directors and Finance Committee are excited to announce the unanimous support for the Proposed 2021 Budget. Many of you raised insightful questions and comments. Your careful consideration of this budget document was energizing for the organization’s leaders, a tangible measurement of your commitment and support for Harmony’s mission and vision.
With the 2021 Budget now approved, we are excited to move forward with a financial document that truly visualizes our missional focus.
Thank you to all those who participated in this vote. We appreciate your investment in and support of this great cause.
Did you know Community of Christ appointed Apostle Robin Linkhart, a member of the Council of Twelve, to liaise with the Harmony Board of Directors? Apostle Linkhart is a wonderful ally, support, and minister, and her advisement to the Harmony Board of Directors has been (and continues to be) incredibly valuable.
Apostle Linkhart regularly attends Harmony Board Meetings as a support to the organization. The Harmony Board of Directors wishes to thank Apostle Linkhart for her support of the Queer Community.
As opportunities for collaboration arise, Apostle Linkhart provides the Board of Directors with the details of the opportunity. Examples of past denominational advocacy include advising on inclusive language, national conference policy documents, camp/event registration forms and housing recommendations, youth programs, inclusive content development, and more. She also acts as a Latter-day Seeker support as individuals sharing a Restoration Heritage with Community of Christ encounter the blessings of Harmony's community.
Dear Harmony members and supporters,
We are compiling a current list of ordained Community of Christ ministers willing and excited to officiate Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ wedding ceremonies.
Harmony is committed to providing its members with current, reliable contact information in order that they might be connected with affirming, kind, and inclusive individuals in their area wherever they are on their journey. This has historically been managed organically, but as we continue to grow, we are seeking out more formal ways of maintaining such records. In this case, we hope this database will be viewed as a valuable resource to our membership around the world as they plan one of the most important events of their lives: their wedding ceremony.
IS THIS YOU?
If so, please add your name to our database by clicking the button below.
As always, we pledge to safeguard your details and will only share them with interested individuals pursuing marriage.
On this day, Harmony joins with millions around the world who seek to honor the wisdom and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his quest for equality, opportunity, and safety for people of color in the United States.
The Harmony Board of Directors wishes to extend an earnest apology to all those made to feel less-than, uncomfortable, unsafe, unworthy, and hopeless due to our failings as an organization over the years. While these are merely words, we recognize reconciliation to be a vital starting point from which to begin important dialogue on this topic. Lifting and supporting intersectional voices is a Harmony priority, and we commit to doing better going forward. There is no time nor reason for complacency.
We are inspired by MLK’s good work, and we seek to emulate his approach to making our world a safer, more equitable place.
Harmony Board of Directors
Harmony has announced its 2021 Sacred Pause dates. Following a survey of participants, we have continued our previous schedule for Sacred Pause to occur monthly on the last Monday evening of each month at 8 p.m. Central.
A BIT ABOUT SACRED PAUSE
Sacred Pause is a monthly Queer/LGBTQ+ event hosted by Harmony.
The purpose of this gathering is to offer a space (online) for our members and friends to find renewal and belonging in the midst of social isolation. This event will take place on Zoom (free video conferencing software available on smart phones/tablets/computers) and will include the following elements:
All are welcome!
This event is FREE but registration is required: https://forms.gle/Z4KjydRV8XBUx4dx5.
If you'd like to volunteer to assist with a future Sacred Pause, please visit https://www.harmony.lgbt/volunteer.html and complete the Volunteer Form. Someone will be in touch as soon as possible.
*For security reasons, Zoom link will be shared just before the gathering begins.*
We are excited to offer this upgraded membership experience to you. Harmony has partnered with Join It, a membership management platform, to provide a secure, self-managed membership hub for all your needs.
Click below to see full details.
The 2020 Harmony Election is nearly upon us! We wanted to provide you with a list of the board positions (and descriptions) in advance that will be up for election due to term limits or vacancy.
Vice President - 2 Year Position
In the event of the death, absence, incapacity, inability or refusal to act of the President, the Vice-President shall be invested with all the powers and perform all the duties of the office of President. The Vice-President’s duties include:
a. Working in cooperation with the President.
b. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
Treasurer - 2 Year Position
The Treasurer shall have supervision and custody of all monies, funds, and credits of the Corporation. The Treasure's duties include:
a. Chair the Finance Committee.
b. Causing to be kept full and accurate accounts of the receipts and disbursements of the Corporation in books belonging to it.
c. Causing all monies and credits to be deposited in the name of and to the credit of the Corporation in such accounts and depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors.
d. Disburse and supervise the disbursement of funds for the Corporation in accordance with the authority granted by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers therefore.
e. Prepare and file any required Local, State or Federal, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS), reports according to applicable law (usually annually).
f. Prepare an annual budget and submit it to the membership for approval at the annual membership meeting.
g. Present a complete and accurate report of the finances of the Corporation at each meeting of the members, or at any other time upon request to the Board of Directors.
h. Assist in direct audits of the funds of the Corporation according to funding source guidelines and generally accepted accounting principles.
i. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
Member Support Coordinator - 1 Year Position
The Member Support Coordinator shall serve in a support role to the membership to the Corporation. The Member Support Coordinator duties include:
a. Being responsible for membership activities of the Corporation.
b. Maintaining contacts with membership and seeks input from members for the board.
c. Inviting new members to participate.
d. Collecting and maintaining appropriate resources for membership.
e. Being a contact for events.
f. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
At Large Member - 2 Year Position
At Large Member - 3 Year Position
The At Large Member(s) shall serve as the voice of the membership to the Corporation. The At Large Member(s) duties include:
a. Representing the membership views and voice to the Board.
b. Serving as chairs of various committees.
c. Assisting officers with administrative tasks, as needed.
d. Being invited to share in other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President.
Our election will take place in October this year via emailed secret ballots, and a separate announcement will be sent out in the coming days when the details have been finalized. In this announcement, we will include general expectations, approximate time commitments, technological requirements to conduct the business of the organization, as well other relevant details.
As always, membership with Harmony is a requirement for all Board Members. Additionally, only 2020 Harmony Members are eligible to vote in the 2020 Harmony Election.
Questions? Contact Saundra Merth, Harmony Vice President.
Thank you for your consideration! We hope you will consider journeying with us.
Your Harmony Board of Directors
With the support of generous donors, Harmony is excited to invest in critically important professional adult sexual education courses for our membership and the public.
You are warmly invited to attend this special four-part webinar series. Dr. Jill McDevitt (Ph.D. Human Sexuality, M.Ed. Human Sexuality Education, B.A. Sexuality, Marriage, and Family), a San Diego-based sexologist, will provide our members and the public with meaningful and science-based information concerning human sexuality and gender identity as well as common areas of struggle for the Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ Community such as shame, intimacy, power and agency, pleasure, and more.
This event is free for Harmony members and also available to non-members for a fee to recoup some costs associated with hosting the event.
The series will begin on October 3, 2020, at Noon Central with the initial "Circles of Sexuality" workshop. Topics of the three subsequent workshops will be announced following the initial workshop where feedback will be received and interpreted. In other words, participants will drive the discussion!