We have really exciting news to share! We received a $5,600 grant from the Great Plains Conference to assist our work of GP UMCNext! This is a huge encouragement for our ministry and it came about because of your support at Annual Conference for the GP UMCNext Resolution. The GP Mercy & Justice Team works to support the resolutions passed by the Annual Conference and met with one of our co-leaders of GP UMCNext, Rev. Lora Andrews, to learn more about how we are working to support the four commitments of UMCNext. They invited us to apply for a grant and we received the check this month. Here’s a sneak peak of the four ways we plan to use it:
- Host a Building Inclusive Church Training in the GP so that we can have formal training about what it means to be an LGBTQ+ affirming church
- District grants so that the work of every district can be supported in a contextually relevant way.
- Produce a video or series of videos sharing stories of people like you in the GP who desire a more inclusive church.
- Further our communications efforts.
We are so grateful for the mission shares that make this grant possible and all of you who support them. Thanks especially to the Mercy & Justice Team for supporting our resolution. Check out January newsletter for more information!