There are many ways to get involved at BMC, including: joining the board, volunteering at conferences and conventions, fundraising and more. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, email us at email@example.com
Serve as the Kaleidoscope Coordinator
BMC's Kaleidoscope Program Coordinator is a full-time voluntary service position that provides support, resources and programming with and for lgbtqia+ Mennonites and Brethren with a focus on youth, young adults and college campuses. This position offers an opportunity to travel, learn the ins and outs of a small nonprofit, experience the joys of living in Chicago, and most importantly, make a difference in individual lives and within the church. For more info please see this detailed position description. BMC currently hosts this position through Mennonite Voluntary Service Chicago, which provides housing and a living stipend. Submit an application here. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Annabeth Roeschley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write for our blogs
Outspoken is a variety of articles and essays relevant to lgbgtq people and their allies in Mennonite and Brethren communities. If you have something you'd like to write for Outspoken, contact us at email@example.com. Coming Out Strong is the youth and young adult blog (Kaleidoscope) for BMC. If you would like to submit to Coming Out Strong, contact the Kaleidoscope Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Queer Religious Justice Field Placement is an opportunity for seminary/divinity school students to support the important work of BMC and to engage in embodied theological praxis, grounded in a queer-led organization & religious justice movement. Find the full position description here.
Help your congregation join SCN
If you want your congregation to be part of the Supportive Communities Network, start conversations with your pastors or congregants about lgbtq inclusion. Visit the SCN page for the application and resources and the Resources for Congregations page for resources about congregational conversations, process and pastoral care. Contact Annabeth Roeschley at email@example.com if your congregation is ready to join.
Join the BMC board
If you are part of or involved in a Mennonite or Church of the Brethren community and want to advocate for justice for lgbtq people, whether as an ally or an lgbtq person, consider joining the board. Board terms are three years with one renewal and the board meets twice per year. Email Annabeth Roeschley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Be interviewed for the Oral History Project
The Oral History Project (Our Voices) is produced by Amy Short and Paul Neudorf and is part of the new Center for Queer Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. If you have a story or history relevant to lgbtq people and their allies in Mennonite or Church of the Brethren communities, contact Amy Short at email@example.com
Share your gifts!
Do you have another way of getting involved that we haven't mentioned here? If you have something to offer the BMC community, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Annual Conference (Church of the Brethren) and the biennial Mennonite Church USA convention and district conferences and events, BMC needs volunteers to staff the booth. If you are willing to take a shift, let us know at email@example.com for upcoming conferences and conventions.
BMC relies on donations and fundraising to sustain our organization. If you would like to donate individually, visit our Donate page. If you would like to host a BMC fundraiser in your community or congregation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Past fundraisers have included dinners, performances and more.