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  • Beloved Community
    *TAKE THE ISSUE of religion as just one example. HRC operates a “Religion and Faith” group; GLAAD has its “Religion, Faith and Values” program; not to
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 1, 2009
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      TAKE THE ISSUE of religion as just one example. HRC operates a “Religion and Faith” group; GLAAD has its “Religion, Faith and Values” program; not to be outdone, the Task Force boasts a “National Religious Leadership Roundtable.” Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of standalone groups engaged in outreach to religious communities, including Faith in America and Soulforce.

      Do we really need all these decentralized efforts? Not in this economy. Those programs should be consolidated. And that’s just one example; there are many other areas where too many groups are pursuing the same mission and chasing the same limited dollars
      .            from "Urge to Merge" commentary by Kevin Naff  in latest Washington Blade    http://washblade.com/2009/2-27/view/editorial/14138.cfm                                                                                                                   While I understand Kevin's general point I think he shows a profound lack of understanding about the fact that the various LGBT faith groups already work together in myriad ways and are complementary not competitive   He also does not grasp that the focus, approach, audience, and contributions of each group is NOT interchangeable or expendable   Each is valuable  The denominational groups have very special unique roles within their specific faith traditions    The notion they can all just be consolidated into a single entity is short sighted in my opinion     Blessings...    Charles Keener                                                                                                                                             You can reach Kevin at knaff@...    

    • Jon Markle
      Perhaps not shortsighted. That is too much of a generalization. But, it is very difficult, especially in the GLBT, as we all know (those of us who are older
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 1, 2009
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        Perhaps not shortsighted.  That is too much of a generalization.

        But, it is very difficult, especially in the GLBT, as we all know (those of us who are older <GRIN>), from the days of activism for HIV/AIDS support networks.  Everyone was out for their own piece of the "pie" . . . and we still live with that heritage.  There are so many GLBT groups that war with each other we cannot get the job done effectively.  I mean . . . why don't we have a community forged action for Gay Marriage that encompasses ALL States, federally, that is inclusive of all of us, rather than splinter groups who rush to a call to arms at each State, separately?  

        Our GLBT agencies have always been (and still are) more interested in declaring THEIR particular interests/agendas that they so very rarely actually represent ME.  

        I think this is just the way GLBT folk have lived their lives, separated, apart from and without any relational or networking skills.  We fight more amongst ourselves than we do the enemy.  

        Just an opinion from an "old fart" . . . (64)  who's been lucky enough to have survived this long . . . 

        Hugs for the trudge.

        Jon (Raleigh)

        "Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent."  (M.McLaughlin)

        On Mar 1, 2009, at 10:11 AM, Beloved Community wrote:



        TAKE THE ISSUE of religion as just one example. HRC operates a “Religion and Faith” group; GLAAD has its “Religion, Faith and Values” program; not to be outdone, the Task Force boasts a “National Religious Leadership Roundtable.” Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of standalone groups engaged in outreach to religious communities, including Faith in America and Soulforce. 

        Do we really need all these decentralized efforts? Not in this economy. Those programs should be consolidated. And that’s just one example; there are many other areas where too many groups are pursuing the same mission and chasing the same limited dollars
        .            from "Urge to Merge" commentary by Kevin Naff  in latest Washington Blade    http://washblade.com/2009/2-27/view/editorial/14138.cfm                                                                                                                   While I understand Kevin's general point I think he shows a profound lack of understanding about the fact that the various LGBT faith groups already work together in myriad ways and are complementary not competitive   He also does not grasp that the focus, approach, audience, and contributions of each group is NOT interchangeable or expendable   Each is valuable  The denominational groups have very special unique roles within their specific faith traditions    The notion they can all just be consolidated into a single entity is short sighted in my opinion     Blessings...    Charles Keener                                                                                                                                             You can reach Kevin atknaff@...    




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