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Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry: A workshop for congregational leaders, vestries, and clergy with renowned consultant/trainer, Rob Voyle.  Saturday, April 20th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at St. Andrew's, Ann Arbor. Sponsored by the Huron Valley Deanery, this workshop is free.  Appreciative Inquiry is a positive way of engaging in organizational and individual development.  It focuses and builds on gifts and strengths rather than fixing "problems."  It stands in dramatic contrast to many of the current approaches to change management which often lead to negativity and poor performance.  This workshop is ideal for a Vestry retreat or to train congregational leaders in this positive approach to strengthening churches.  To registerThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (734) 663-0518 ext 200.  Indicate how many are attending and how many want lunch (middle eastern food for $7/plate, payable at the door.)


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Church Races to Raise Funds for Water

SALINE, Michigan -- No one in the Dexter-Ann Arbor races on June 3 went thirsty. Water stations lined the course, and there were scores of volunteers to hand it out. But sadly, such access to clean water is lacking in many parts of the world.

That's why nine parishioners from Holy Faith Church in Saline ran the races to raise money for water projects in developing nations. Calling it the "Run for Their Lives" campaign, church members ran a combined total of 68 miles and raised $1,377 -- enough to provide 55 people lifetime access to safe water through the aid organization Water.org.

And they appreciated the water stations in a whole new way.

"Some of those stretches without shade did get pretty hot," said church member Brian Marr of Saline, who ran the 13.1-mile half-marathon course.

"I was definitely thinking about all the people who walk hours each day to get what we took for granted at every aid station," added Pastor Ian Reed Twiss.  "The physical strain of the run helped to build a sense of connection with what they go through."

Co-founded by Matt Damon, Water.org works with local leaders to build sustainable and community-supported safe water projects all over the world.  Its website notes the kind of stark realities that Holy Faith Church's campaign hopes to help combat: that "more people die each year from unsafe water than from wars" or that "in just one day 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families."

The church's running team included men and women, 15-to-63-year-olds, experienced marathoners and first-time couch-to-5Kers. Their common purpose? Helping others in the name of one whose dying words are still uttered far too often by people around the world: "I thirst."

The attached picture features, from L to R, Jack Edwards, Pastor Ian Reed Twiss, Nan Reed Twiss, Brian Marr, Ingrid Smart, and Kirsten Smart. Participants not pictured were Cathy Sigler, Jameson Schultz, and Adrian Reed Twiss.


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Saline, MI: Sunday, October 23rd from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Liberty School auditorium, 7265 N. Ann Arbor Rd. in Saline, the Saline community group, et al, will host a public screening and discussion of FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO. This provocative and highly entertaining film examines and refutes the widely held impression that homosexuality and the Christian faith are at odds with one another. The screening is open to the public.

“We are screening this film as part of our mission to educate,” said Ian Reed Twiss, a member of et al and the pastor of Holy Faith Church in Saline. “Given how loud the bullhorn in our culture can be for religious views that see homosexuality as sick or sinful, we want people to know that there is another opinion out there—an authentic, Biblically informed way of being Christian that embraces different sexual orientations—and that there are folks in this community who hold that other view.”

A World Premiere in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO was also honored with Audience Awards at the 2007 Seattle and Provincetown International Film Festivals and The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson – the film documents how people of faith handle, or sometimes tragically fail to handle, having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual orientation.

Et al is a group of citizens concerned about the current climate of intolerance towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) people in Saline and elsewhere in Michigan. Founded a year ago, in the wake of the Saline School Board’s decision not to add “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression” to its non-discrimination policy, the group’s mission is “to create an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQ individuals and families in the Saline Community through education, legislative advocacy and support.” Local clergy who belong to the group will be on hand to facilitate the discussion following the film.

For more information, contact Ian Reed Twiss at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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