Portland, Oregon - February 4th 2016 - The Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) is delighted to announce a new funding partnership with the Oregon Idaho Annual Conference and The Collins Foundation. Among other things, a major grant paid to send eight delegates to four international briefing sessions in February. The grant will also provide scholarships for young adults who want to volunteer with LYNC as Legislative Advocates.
The Collins Foundation is based in Portland, Oregon and has a longstanding partnership with the Oregon Idaho Annual Conference. But, it has grown “increasingly concerned about the exclusion of LGBTQ people from the life of the church,” (The Collins Foundation grant supports leadership and inclusion, Feb. 2 2016). Because General Conference 2016 will be held in Portland, the Collins Foundation prioritized this issue in its grantmaking and is helping to fund LYNC’s work before, during, and after General Conference 2016.
LYNC represents thirteen different groups within the United Methodist Church. It advocates not only for full LGBTQ inclusion, but also racial justice, accessibility, creation care, peacemaking, immigration reform, women’s rights, and an end to colonialist structures within the church.
Throughout February, prayer vigils were held during the international briefing sessions. As our representatives shared LYNC’s vision for the future of the United Methodist Church with Central Conference delegates, they were buoyed up by the support of the Oregon Idaho Annual Conference, the Collins Foundation, and United Methodists around the world.