Two recent Mennonite college graduates founded The College Network (TCN) in 1996 with the help of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (now called Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgenter Interests). Recently, TCN has changed its name to Kaleidoscope to broaden its scope of inclusivity, while maintaining a focus on students.
Kaleidoscope is a supportive and resource-sharing network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), questioning and allied people on peace church campuses, but includes those in high school, young people in general, and those young in spirit. Kaleidoscope provides opportunities to make connections, receive support, and be active in local communities. Faculty, alumni, and supportive individuals are also involved within the church and beyond. Ways Kaleidoscope provides support for students on campuses and young adults include:
Reuben's Magical VS House Bus Tour
This year, Reuben is going on a tour of Mennonite Voluntary Service and Brethren Volunteer Service houses and their supportive congregations to promote more lgbt inclusion in their communities. Contact Reuben at email@example.com to learn more and/or set-up a visit! Follow his adventures on his travel blog.
Coming Out Strong Blog
The Coming Out Strong blog is sponsored by the Kaleidoscope program of BMC and is focused on the perspectives of youth and young adults who identify with the BMC community (Brethren or Mennonite related and lgbtqa). The blog includes commentary and news on a range of topics that relate to BMC. Some of these will include: lgbtq issues, language, homophobia, the church, Mennonites, Brethren, politics, culture, faith, being young, privilege, current events, school, theology, humor, coming out, stories, and family.
If you are interested contributing some of your thoughts to the blog, please contact Kaleidoscope Coordinator Reuben Sancken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the spring of 2011, a group of Goshen College students completed a mixed methods sociological study on how accepting Goshen College is to LGBTQ students.
Safe Zone - Module 1 & 2
What is K-Scope?
K-Scope is an electronic forum where LGBT and supportive individuals gather. K-Scope is a support group, a place to find answers to questions about campus organizing, a spiritual release, a place to just “hang out” and maybe discover what is important to today’s LGBT-supportive young people.
To sign up for K-Scope, send a message to K-Scopeemail@example.com
Student and Alumni Groups
BMC’s Kaleidoscope Program is very pleased to announce the creation of college and university student and alumni list serve groups for all Mennonite and Brethren colleges, universities, and seminaries. Lgbt and supportive students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni are welcome to join these Yahoo groups to connect with others related to these colleges. For example, alumni can use these groups to meet up with others at homecoming weekend or reunions, and students can use these groups to tell alumni what is happening on campus for networking and advocacy. The stated purposes of the groups are:
Use these links to get to the sites to join the group from your college, university, or seminary and to start making engaging connections: