Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry Delegate Meeting
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
The next delegate meeting will be March 6, 2014 at First Christian Church at 9th and Boulder.
LOVE IS AN ORIENTATION
continues AND EXPANDS . . .
For six weeks, TMM has sponsored conversations across the city to build bridges of understanding and communication between those who are straight and those who are gay. The conversations have been respectful, meaningful (you know they are meaningful when there are tears and laughter as part of the conversations) and encouraging. We have had persons from 17 years of age to 75 years of age, men, women, gay and straight, progressive and traditional, Christian and Others. In these meetings NOT ONCE has there been the sort of polarization and adversarial language we so frequently see on the media. All of the conversations have been respectful, constructive, and authentic. There have been disagreements, but there has been no demeaning behavior or attacks. Once again the TMM slogan, “We Don’t Have to Believe Alike to Love Alike” is affirming the power of love to bridge gaps in understanding, sexuality and faithfulness to sacred callings. We feel very good about the results of the meetings. Many thanks to the facilitators who have made this possible.
Our plan now is to expand the conversations in two ways. First we will offer the conversations to some of our neighboring communities like Okmulgee, Skiatook, Bristow and others to promote bridge building in communities where TMM has not had as great an influence. Second we will expand our efforts to bring faith leaders from a diverse section of our community together to talk about what ministry with gays and straights, family members, young and old would look like. We are hoping that this outreach to those who have not been a part of the current conversations.
A REPORT FROM THE METRO MECHANIC (TMM) PROGRAM
“The Useful Little Penny”
We find them everywhere. Pockets, sidewalks, even in the bottom of the washing machine. A simple little penny. In today’s economy they do not go very far. But just because they are the smallest of monetary value, there still are uses for pennies.
First, they are simple gauges for measuring tread-wear on you vehicles tires. Simply hold the penny with Honest Abe’s head pointing down. Insert the penny in the grooves of the tire tread. If any part of Abe’s head is visible, it’s a good indicator that your tires may be getting to a point that the tread is worn and the tire is in need of replacement.
Secondly, a penny can help you find those annoying squeaks and other noises inside your vehicle. There are seams along the vehicle’s dash and instrument cluster that often will be a source of those noises that are often difficult to locate. Wrap the penny in tissue and insert it along the seams, around the radio bezel, and instrument cluster. If the noise goes away or changes you have found the source.
Finally, pennies can add up and make a big difference for someone in need of assistance. Families all across the Tulsa metropolitan area are struggling to meet their financial needs. Many of these needs include finding affordable car repair. Without a reliable vehicle, these families cannot make it to work, doctor’s appointments, or school. This is where we can be of great service. The Tulsa Metro Mechanics program is being developed to meet this need. By partnering with local automotive repair shops we will be able to deliver vehicle repairs and service to those in need.
How can you help? There are many ways. If you or somebody you know works for or has a repair shop that would want to become part of this program have them contact me for more information. Also, if you or somebody that you know has a late model car, van, or truck that they would be willing to donate to the program, send them our way. These vehicles will be inspected and made roadworthy. Afterwards, the vehicles will be sold, with proceeds going to help fund our program. Also, cash donations (including pennies) go a long way in helping us achieve this program’s mission. Most donations are tax deductible through TMM.