Over the last two months I have been reflecting on the Guest Column that appeared in the June 23rd edition of this paper.
I found this column disturbing for many reasons including: an “elevated” status (from letter to the editor to guest column), printing without checking for accuracy and the use of sensational language. I once was told by another paper’s editors that the reason mainline faith perspectives and actions don’t make the papers is because we “are not news” ie: not sensational. This policy perpetuates a skewed view of the range of religious beliefs and practices.
For this reason I have decided to submit the following:
Regarding same sex marriage: “The right to choose one’s lover and family is surely the most precious of human rights, reflecting our belief that sexuality and spirituality are intertwined in loving, committed relationships.”
Regarding transgender persons: “We recognize that when we embrace the Light within the full spectrum of gender identities in our Meeting, our worship deepens and our community is enriched.”
These statements of belief come from Pacific Yearly Meeting (Quakers in the NW) and Multnomah Friends Meeting (where I am a member) respectively. We are part of the Community of Welcoming Congregations (of OR and SW WA) which includes Quaker, Catholic, Lutheran (ELCA), United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist, Metropolitan Community, Jewish and Buddhist congregations among others. The CWC includes over 100 congregations that believe our faith leads us to more openness, more tolerance, deeper understanding and compassion toward our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning selves, friends, family, neighbors, classmates, co-workers, fellow citizens.
WOMEN’S CLUB EXTENDS THANK YOU TO SUPPORTERS
A cool, cloudy day greeted tourists and locals alike as they headed out on August 27th to purchase their ticket and map for the locations of the six unique private homes available for viewing in the Manzanita area.
Event organizers, Mary Brophy and Phyllis Scott expressed their appreciation for the 277 tickets sold for the annual fundraising event which started 21 years ago when The Women’s Club of Manzanita and the Manza-Whee-Lem Kiwanis joined together to raise funds for local children and families in need. This year marked the first year The Women’s Club would handle the event on their own.
The group extends thanks to the private home owners, the volunteer hosts at the homes, and former members of the Manza-Whee-Lem Kiwanis for their involvement. Appreciation is given to the following local community businesses for their continued support of our efforts to raise funds for those agencies who help women and children in need in our community:
Bread and Ocean
Charley Lostrom-Lostrom & Co Real Estate
Cloud & Leaf Bookstore
Diane K. Gibson, CPA
Four Paws on the Beach
Hans Tonjes, Real Estate Broker
Howell’s Floor Covering
Left Coast Siesta
Manzanita Beach Getaway
Manzanita Cones & Coffee
Manzanita Grocery & Deli
Manzanita Lumber Company
Manzanita Mudd Dogs
Manzanaita Rental Company
Mother Nature’s Natural Foods
North Coast Watchman Services
Salt & Paper
San Dune Inn
Scovel Service Center & Towing LLC
Sunset & Ocean Edge Vacation Rentals
The Spindrift Inn
Walt Covert-Real Estate Broker
The Women’s Club fundraising efforts support the goal of “Women helping Women of all ages and circumstance to make lives, families and community stronger.” This focus for making a difference has resulted in the group’s support of these organizations as well as provide a scholarship for a young woman from Neahkahnie High School.
Neahkahnie High School Career Center, Resource Centers at Neahkahnie Middle School, Garibaldi and Nehalem Elementary, Friends of NCRD, Healthy Families, House of Grace, Marie Mills Center, The Rinehart Clinic, Tillamook Count Secret Angels, Women’s Resource Center.
The Women’s Club thanks all of our merchants, volunteers and supporters for their generosity and appreciate that we can count on your continued support in the year to come.