Will you consider an End of Year gift to Open Door Ministries?
“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
Dear Friend of Open Door Ministries,
In the past year, we have seen an alarming upsurge in attacks on our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. We’ve seen our streets filled with torchbearers of hate. Our government is taking positions that seek to promote outright discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual workers and to allow gay and lesbian couples to be discriminated against in public accommodations. The President’s ban on transgender people serving in the military is especially cruel, coming as it does for no other reason than to fan the flames of hatred and distrust against those who serve bravely and honorably as their authentic selves. And too often, these actions are falsely justified in the name of religion.
Yet it is precisely because of these attacks, because of this hatred, because of these lies that we, as people of faith, must rededicate ourselves to protecting those so unfairly targeted. We must take courage. Our hands must not be weak. And we trust that our work will be rewarded.
To do this, we need your help.
Since 1992, Open Door Ministries has served as a bridge between welcoming faith communities and those individuals who too often have been hurt and excluded. Open Door also continues to work with those living with HIV/AIDS and other health concerns in the LGBTQ community, to support youth programs with anti-bullying and other education programs, and to provide opportunities for families with trans kids, helping them move from being confused to being supportive advocates of their young people.
With the assistance of Open Door, four more congregations in northwestern Washington completed the Reconciling in Christ process in 2017, bringing us to a total of 48, with more working in that direction. Earlier this year, ReconcilingWorks reported that just 8% of the ELCA churches nationally are RIC. In our NW Washington Synod, however, we are at nearly 50%! ODM is pleased to be a supportive part of that statistic. In the face of hate and discrimination, these churches choose love.
In 2018, we are committed to working hard to improve our visibility and community partnerships, expand the resources and trainings we provide, and increase the number of Reconciling in Christ congregations. Will you be a financial partner with us in this important work? We are well on our way in NW Washington, but there is still much to be done to reach 100%.
Your support today will stand as a testament that LOVE WINS.
LOVE OVERCOMES HATE.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Your partners in service and ministry,
The Board of Open Door Ministries