BMC ResourcesFurther information about these resources is available by writing:
Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests
BMC supports all persons as they seek to know God's will for their lives, including those who are pursuing same-sex relationships, those who are seeking a life of celibacy, and those exploring questions of sexual orientation. All inquiries to BMC and the BMC mailing list are completely confidential.
Outspoken, the newsletter of BMC, features articles of interest to the lgbt (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) Brethren and Mennonite community and its supporters, as they relate to current events, Brethren and Mennonite theology, and lifestyle issues. Outspoken is distributed every 3-4 months.
Kaleidoscope (formerly The College Network)
Kaleidoscope offers support for young LGBT people on Brethren and Mennonite campuses and beyond. Kaleidoscope provides opportunities to make connections, attend BMC gatherings and retreats by offering scholarships, receive support, and be active on campus by establishing educational programs for residence life staff, keeping the lines of communication open between faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and connecting students and young people through its email listserv, K-Scope. To sign up for K-Scope, send a blank message to K-Scopefirstname.lastname@example.org
There are informal BMC local groups and networks across North America, from Eastern Canada to the San Francisco Bay area. Some local groups have periodic meetings for fellowship, potlucks, business or worship.
BMCList is an unmonitored listserv that is a resource of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests (BMC). Many opinions are expressed in BMC Link postings; however, no one posting represents the views of BMC, the BMC Staff, or the Board of Directors. BMC provides this cyberspace for LGBT persons and their supporters. The hope is that conversations on the Link will be respectful and honest with a sense of heartfelt concern and care. To join, see the detailed instructions or send a blank email to bmclist-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com.
The biennial convention provides an opportunity for the widely dispersed BMC family to come together for networking, discussion of issues, worship, sharing stories and fun.
Supportive Communities Network
A network of Brethren and Mennonite congregations that welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members. SCN goals are: to offer support, resources and opportunities for dialogue among congregations that welcome LGBT members; to encourage meaningful dialogue at the denominational level; and to offer support and resources for individuals who are working toward welcome. SCN is a program of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests. One can contact the Supportive Congregations Network at email@example.com.
Dialogue with the Church
BMC attends church conferences and other church events, creating opportunities for dialogue and advocating for the inclusion of LGBT people.
The BMC Office can provide the names of individuals who are willing to speak to church and school groups on issues surrounding homosexuality.
Connecting Families is a support network of Brethren and Mennonite persons committed to providing mutual support for families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or intersex members. As a part of the Christian/Anabaptist tradition, we respect the various places people are in their spiritual journeys and in their pilgrimage of understanding of gay and lesbian concerns. We are a group of people, each on our own journey. Through listening and sharing our stories, we seek to provide support for families whose children are coming out to them and/or to their church.
We are committed to maintaining confidentiality within the group, to providing a place to speak in safety or to remain silent, and to sharing in a non-judgmental atmosphere. As a group, we work to find ways to educate and engage our churches in dialogue and to help them understand and accept our families. The group sponsors the annual Connecting Families retreat. The retreat provides those present – parents, siblings, children and friends – with the opportunity to meet, share and worship together. Contact Rose or Bob Moyer, 215.256.0247 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are confidential.