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!
In this video, outgoing Interim President Jerry M. Dale, Jr. and incoming 2020 President Parker Johnson discuss the formal transition from the interim board to the first official Harmony Board of Directors.
Happy New Year!
Greetings Harmony supporters -
We want to begin with a few words from our outgoing Interim President, Jerry M. Dale, Jr. and outgoing Interim Vice President, Parker Johnson. Please click the video below to enjoy this end-of-year greeting.
Next, we are pleased to announce the arrival of our 2020 Harmony Membership form!
Collaborating with the incoming 2020 Board of Directors, the 2019 Interim Harmony Board of Directors agreed upon a marginal increase for our 2020 membership dues for Individual and Household memberships. There is no change to the Student/Limited Income membership level. The previous dues structure has been in place for more than 20 years, and this is the first time in the organization’s history (including GALA/WCN) that a dues increase has been implemented. The purpose of this increase is to assist with the increasing cost of operating the organization, including insurance, required technology, and tools necessary to fulfill the mission of Harmony. If you have any questions about this increase, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memberships run per calendar year. (January 1 - December 31) Paid members are guaranteed a voice in all votes, elections, and business of the organization during this time. We offer individual, household, and student/low income membership packages. Scholarships are also available upon request.
If you were a member of Harmony in 2019, we invite you to renew your membership with the organization. Your continued input, regional representation, and diversity continue to be valued by our organization. We hope you’ll join us as we move from administrative revitalization to programmatic renewal.
CLICK HERE TO RENEW
If you weren’t a member of Harmony in 2019, we invite you to consider membership with a fast-growing, inclusive community seeking radical inclusivity across our denomination. With more than 170 members in seven countries and counting, Harmony is poised to effect positive change across our worldwide denomination, Community of Christ.
CLICK HERE TO BECOME A MEMBER
As we prepare to enter the new year, we stand ready as an organization to respond to a worldwide church in need of our support, advocacy, education, and resources.
Thank you for your consideration! We hope you will journey with us.
Your Interim Harmony Board of Directors
ATTN: Harmony Members -
Join us on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. CST for our 2019 Annual Membership Meeting. We will meet via Zoom (web conference) discuss the business of the organization as well as the results of the recent Board of Directors election.
All members should have received an email today with details, the Zoom link, and meeting materials.* See you soon!
*If you are a paid member and did not receive this email, please email us at email@example.com so that we can rectify the situation.