Reconciling Ministries

Reconciling Ministries News

The team has been working on our upcoming Reconciling Sunday scheduled for this 21st of May. We are excited to have the organizer for the Reconciling Ministries Network for the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church the Rev. Dr. Isreal Alvaran as our guest speaker for the service. We are also planning a workshop on the day before in Hadley Hall for local churches that would like to explore becoming a reconciling congregation. You will be hearing more about this in the coming months.


I have included Dr. Alvaran’s Western Jurisdiction January update for 2016 below,

Steve Runner RMT Leader.


Dear Local Congregation,

2016 was a tumultuous year for the Reconciling movement and for all progressives in the United States. It was a General Conference year that saw the collective coming out of over 140 LGBTQ clergy and candidates, the formation of the Council of Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward, and the historic election of Bishop Karen Oliveto to the episcopacy. 2016 was an election year in the United States that resulted in new challenges for advocates of civil liberties for workers, immigrants, women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

We have our work cut out for us – to remain steadfast in grassroots organizing, and make sure that our justice work intersects with solidarity movements in our communities. Even in the face of dysfunctional leadership at various levels of church and society, we will rise from the ground up. I believe that power comes from grassroots leadership. I do not subscribe to a top-down, trickle-down way of creating change and leading movements for change.

Moving forward in 2017, we should celebrate and be inspired by some of our accomplishments in the Western Jurisdiction and the Reconciling movement in general last year. We added 2,129 new Reconciling United Methodists and 97 new Reconciling Communities. Twenty-five of these communities come from our jurisdiction and we congratulate them for their efforts!


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Reconciling Ministries Events

Sunday, May 17, 2015 is Reconciling Sunday, and the Reconciling Committee is hosting a fundraising breakfast at 9:00 a.m. in Hadley Hall with a delicious spread of breakfast casseroles, fruit, coffee cake, and coffee and tea. All donations accepted. Proceeds will help fund outreach events like the annual Harvey Milk Birthday Celebration, which the Reconciling Meeting is sponsoring.


Friday, May 22, 2015 is the Chico Harvey Milk Birthday Celebration in Hadley Hall at 5:30. The theme is “Inspiring Change.” You are invited to come out to see speakers (including our own Steve Runner), a skit by Slow Theatre, and to be inspired. Trinity provides support to the Chico Stonewall Alliance for this lively event. See you there!


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Upcoming Events at Trinity


APRIL 2  Make-up Picture Day for Trinity Directory

5        EASTER!

11 Youth Retreat

13 Sewing Club

19 Pastor’s Vacation (Sermon by Alison Maki)

26    Pastor’s Vacation (Sermon by Georgie Summers)

MAY  12          TUMW Mother’s Day Brunch, 10:00 a.m., Hadley Hall

17 Reconciling Ministries Sunday Breakfast

22 Harvey Milk Day

31 Sunday School Promotion Sunday

JUNE 17-20    Annual UM Conference in Burlingame

22-26   Vacation Bible School

NOV. 14 TUMW BAZAAR – Time to start working on your CRAFT PROJECTS!!!


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Coming Events: Teen Dance

Trinity’s Reconciling Committee is co-hosting another teen dance with Stonewall on Friday, October 24. We were pleased that over seventy youth participated in the teen dance in August, and we are happy to offer Hadley Hall as a safe venue again. Stonewall will also provide information about suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and equality. Trinity will also supply information about our own programs that youth may be interested in.

If you are interested in volunteering for the dance, please let Tara Grover Smith or Steve Runner know. Please also note that the Reconciling Committee meets on the last Sunday of the month in the lounge after the service.                                                          -Tara Grover Smith


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