[The message below comes to us from the Reconciling Ministries Network, the welcoming movement for full inclusion in the United Methodist Church — the equivalent to LC/NA there.]
“We are requesting your assistance for the upcoming United Methodist General Conference April 19 – May 4, 2012. Who do you know who is fluent in French and English or Portuguese and English—preferably with experience or origins in Africa? We are recruiting people who would like to be on the ground for all or part of General Conference to build relationships with French and Portuguese speaking Africans. We will provide expenses and a daily stipend for these services.
“The relationship builders do not have to be United Methodist but they must be able to talk about their own spiritual grounding and support LGBT equality.
“This is vitally important to our mission this year especially since this worldwide meeting of United Methodists only occurs once every four years. Our structure is global so we not only have to persuade the moveable middle in the United States but throughout the world. The largest percentage of our international delegates (28%) are from Africa so we are committed to building relationships with our brothers and sisters to find common cause and to move us all forward.
Ann Craig and Troy Plummer