LGBTQ God Loves U 2

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Fundraising Goal – $150,000

What is “LGBTQ God s U 2”? It’s a campaign to share a timeless truth through a new narrative. The old narrative misuses the bible to marginalize. The new narrative is easy and accurate. In Jesus Christ, ALL are welcome and celebrated by God – no exceptions! God loves LGBTQ people and so should we. It really is that simple! The vast diversity of God’s creation was intentional, beautiful, and God celebrates each of us. That’s the truth of Christianity and the bible. That’s the gospel message. That’s the “good news.” Change the false narrative. Help us share this truth through a new narrative. The truth is LGBTQ God s U 2!

How can you help? Join the LGBTQ God s U 2 campaign. Enter one of the races listed or the “Fitness as Witness” option or find a race on your own. Ask your friends to walk, run, cycle, or workout with you. Buy the t-shirt and hit the streets with this important message. Then, set up a fundraising page to help us send 864 peaceful, prayerful witnesses to the Called Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in February 2019 where the governing body of the 3rd largest Protestant denomination – United Methodists – will decide its future. Can the UMC break away from the old and harmful narrative? Help provide a witness of equality and inclusion. Help encourage a vote for truth and policy change. Help share the message that LGBTQ God s U 2.

Why should you get involved? Maybe you’re not a United Methodist, a Christian, or consider yourself religious at all. Why should this matter to you? Even if the Church (in general) is not your scene, the Church has served as a leader in the harm done to society at large. Harm that originates in the Church is powerful and far reaching. It impacts us whether we are part of a religious community or not. It impacts families, youth, employment, housing, mental health, legislation, access to resources, not to mention one’s sense of basic human dignity. If we can help change the Church, removing harm in other areas of our lives can happen faster, more easily. The false narrative kills. LGBTQ youth die by suicide at 5 times the rate of their straight contemporaries. Transgender youth with no parental support die by suicide at a rate of 58%. And 40% of unhoused Americans are LGBTQ teenagers whose parents have cited faith-based reasons for turning them away after coming out. Stop the false narrative. Share the truth. Save lives. Join us!

If you are a United Methodist and want to be one of the 864 peaceful prayerful witnesses, contact David Shulz at davids@beringumc.org for more information.

If you have questions about this campaign or want to know more about our message, LGBTQ God Loves U 2, contact Rev. Diane McGehee, dianem@beringumc.org

WAYS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

  • Get creative and make up your “own event”. Follow the 3 steps to join our Fitness as a Witness team.
  • See our pre-selected events list below. Follow the 3 steps to join a team.
  • Find another organized event – like a Color Run or Mud Run (some official, professionally produced event). After we add it to our list, follow the 3 steps to join the team.
  • Donate to the fundraising campaign of any of our team members at button below and spread the word to others.

FITNESS AS A WITNESS

Join Our Fitness as a Witness Team

  1. Get creative. Make up your own “event.”
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

What is Fitness as a Witness?

If one of our listed events doesn’t work for your schedule, you can join our Fitness as a Witness team to “get fit for others.” As a Fitness for a Witness team member, you can get creative and make up your own event type. You can: walk 10 blocks around your neighborhood, workout three times a week for a month, or take the stairs at work for three weeks in a row. Pick the fitness challenge that is going to get you moving while making a difference for others. State your fitness goal on your fundraising page, and inspire others to give to our cause.

Team Goal $15,000

Join fitness as a witness team here

5K RUNS/WALKS

Greater Houston Area

 

9/23/18 Join Our University of Houston Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

10/06/18 Join Our Foam Glow Houston Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

10/29/18 Join Our Monster Mash Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

11/22/18 Join Our Turkey Trot Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

12/01/18 Join Our Jingle All the 5K Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

12/08/18 Join Our Rudolph Run Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

Huntsville

09/30/18 Join Our Huntsville 10-Miler Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

Longview/Tyler Area

10/14/18 Join Our Tyler Corkscrew Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

Beaumont/Port Arthur

 

08/17/18 Join Our Port Arthur Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

12/01/18 Join Our Silsbee Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

Navasota

07/14/18 Join Our Magnolia Hill Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

BIKE RIDES

09/29/18 Join Our El Camino Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

 

11/03/18 Join Our Bike to the Beach Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

U.S. STATES OUTSIDE OF TEXAS

8/25/18 Join Our Boulder Sunset Tri Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

INTERNATIONAL

11/17/18 Join Our New Zealand Team

  1. Register for the event CLICK HERE.
  2. Create fundraising page by clicking JOIN TEAM HERE.
  3. Share your story with family and friends!

Team Goal $15,000

Have another event in mind?

If you want to do an organized event (5K, bike ride) that is not on our list, email us here so we can add it for you.

Questions?

Contact Diane McGehee at dianem@beringumc.org or 713-526-1017

Gabrielle Baumeyer at gabrielle@reason-2-race.mysites.io or 713-322-7150.

Click here to meet all our team members

Click here for fundraiser resources