Harmony welcomes Kellie Brady and Mike Roberts to the Harmony Finance Committee.
Kellie and Mike are both members of Harmony and join together with John Billings (Harmony Treasurer) and Val Sundell (At-Large Board Member) to form the first Finance Committee in Harmony history. Following the organization's bylaws, the Harmony Board of Directors unanimously approved Kellie and Mike at the May 2020 Board Meeting.
The Committee met for the first time this afternoon via Zoom to get organized and strategize. Harmony is grateful for the contributions of volunteers and board members committed to furthering the mission of the organization. Thank you for all you are doing!
Harmony stands with the marginalized, oppressed, and misunderstood.
On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, how are you promoting the worth of all persons in your communities?
We had a great time advising the North Idaho Pride Alliance this afternoon on what pride might look like in the midst of COVID-19. Their event is sure to be a major success!
The North Idaho Pride Alliance is a well-organized and passionate group. We were so impressed with their hard work and commitment to providing meaningful content, activities, & resources to their community.
Grateful for the opportunity.
Does your local Pride organization need some help re-imagining their event(s)? Let us know - we'd be happy to help!
Special thanks to Harmony member Kimberly Crabtree Gazzo for inviting us to join the call today.
Check out their website & stay tuned for future events: https://www.nipridealliance.com.
As part of the merger between GALA (Gay and Lesbian Acceptance) and WCN (Welcoming Community Network) we have officially merged the two respective Facebook Pages into a single official Harmony Facebook Page. Please ensure you have "Liked" this Page to stay up-to-date on all things Harmony.
If you had "Liked" or "Followed" the WCN Facebook Page, you will automatically be moved over to the official Harmony Facebook Page.
Yesterday, April 30, 2020, several Harmony volunteers in the Kansas City area gathered at the Community of Christ Temple to fill the planters surrounding the building with beautiful fresh flowers. This act of service has been a longstanding Harmony tradition for over a decade and will continue far into the future as a gesture of good will, ministry of presence, and as a symbol of the diversity of human variety. Since 2009, Harmony has committed over $10,000 USD to this incredible ministry. It is an honor to support such an important tradition.
Special thanks to the Harmony volunteers who worked hard to make this happen - even in the midst of COVID-19. We are grateful for your service! We would also like to especially thank our members and supporters who fully fundraised for this project in under 48 hours. Without you - this important work could not proceed!
Lastly, Harmony would like to express its gratitude to Bryce Veazey for his work to ensure this moment was properly recorded.
If you would like to make a donation to ensure the Harmony Temple Planting Project can continue for years to come, please visit www.harmony.lgbt/donate.
For over a decade, Harmony has helped to beautify the Community of Christ Temple grounds as a symbol of the diversity of human variety and as a quiet but meaningful ministry of presence seen by thousands of visitors to this facility each year. Please consider making a donation to help us offset these costs to ensure this important project can continue. Our goal is to raise at least $1000 USD by May 31, 2020.
Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Anything helps. Thank you for your support.
Pam Robison provided this wonderful historical overview of Harmony's Temple planting story. Watch below and consider making a contribution to ensure this important ministry can continue - even in the midst of COVID-19.
Thank you for your consideration!
Past Temple Planting Work Days
Browse past photos of volunteers working hard to keep the Community of Christ Temple planters filled with beautiful flowers over the years.
The Harmony Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tammie Lay has moved into the recently vacated Congregational Support Coordinator role. This change comes after Tammie expressed a strong interest in supporting those congregations within Community of Christ seeking to become welcoming and affirming, and she brings with her a great deal of experience developing and standing up programming in her area. Tammie lives in the Kansas City area and is a graduate of the Community of Christ Seminary.
Following a formal Board of Directors vote - in which Tammie received unanimous support - Tammie graciously and excitedly accepted the new title of Congregational Support Coordinator. The organization is blessed to have Tammie on the Board, and we look forward to the many contributions she will make in this new role.
Tammie writes, "I come to this position with a commitment to encourage the development and growth of those congregations who aspire to become welcoming and affirming communities to all, regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation."
Please help us welcome Tammie into this role by showing your support through volunteerism. You may also wish to contact Tammie to express your congratulations. Emails can be sent to email@example.com.
As a membership organization, Harmony is filled with passionate, hard-working advocates for the Queer/LGBTQIA2S+ Community across a multitude of intersecting scenarios (e.g. churches, communities, workplaces, etc.) We wish to highlight these important local efforts as often as possible so that we might help connect advocates around the world with hope, ideas, and a network of supporters.
We've chosen to highlight Sean Langdon, a member of Harmony living in the Pacific NW in the United States, and the good work he is doing there. Check out his story and video below.
We'd like to thank Sean for all of his hard work to help draw the circle wider still. He is doing some incredible things. Well done!
Part of the work I do here in Oregon is to serve on the Board of Directors for the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO). An initiative that EMO sponsors is Common Table of Oregon. I join about 40 other interfaith leaders throughout Oregon as part of this initiative. Common Table seeks to draw together an interfaith perspective as we seek common ground on important issues facing our state. The walls that might normally be up among ecumenical and interfaith leaders begin to come down as we learn from each other's stories and begin to create new ones together.
Recently we launched a campaign where we asked faith leaders to respond to one of two questions via video or written response. The set of questions that I chose to respond to was this: "We’d like to hear from the wisdom of all your traditions. Where do you find applicable examples from your own spiritual and cultural histories of facing and transforming fear, isolation and scapegoating?"
For my response, I shared how Community of Christ journeyed towards our USA National Conference in 2013 with the principles of Faithful Disagreement to guide us forward. This video clip below is my response!
Here is a link to a news article covering Common Table of Oregon's efforts: https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2020/04/opinion-a-call-to-communities-of-faith-across-oregon-to-practice-solidarity.html?fbclid=IwAR2BprqKrlkbP9fI8rJKhrBLMjpe8C3D7r2oSd3ZatZ7PaM_kFis3EJotsc
Just like last month, I want to personally invite you to our monthly Sacred Pause gathering. This event is open to the public and is designed to provide a moment of connection, communion, and sharing in a safe, inclusive online environment.
We hope you can join us! For security purposes, the link will be shared on the Facebook Event just before the event and via email to our mailing list in the days leading up to the event.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with any service elements, please contact Linda Stanbridge, Harmony Chaplain.
Hello friends and supporters -
As many of you know, Harmony ran a targeted fundraising campaign throughout the month of December that kicked off on #GivingTuesday (December 3, 2019). With your feedback, we offered giving options via Facebook, PayPal, GoFundMe Charity, and checks. This fundraiser exceeded our expectations - so much so that we had to raise the fundraising goal several times!
The totals are in, and we wanted to share them with you, our supporters. Here are a few key statistics (also included in the video above):
While the fundraiser total figure is impressive and should be celebrated, the sheer number of unique donors who gave of their treasure to support the mission of our organization is equally important. This figure is a key indicator for the organization and a reminder that our mission and purpose are as relevant now as ever.
Harmony thanks you for your incredible generosity and for your willingness to share our fundraiser with friends, loved ones, and other fellow Harmony supporters. What a fantastic way to kick of the 2020 year!
Your Harmony Board of Directors
Oh, and check out our donor locations below!