Building an Inclusive Church trainings are for leaders in congregations which are considering becoming Open & Affirming and for those who would like to know more about supporting other congregations becoming O&A. This training will hone your skills and give you knowledge about how to help congregations through those tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church.
The issue of conversion therapy (a range of dangerous practices that claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression) became a front-page issue in the recent presidential election, and is supported by many officials in the Trump administration. Come hear from Samuel Brinton, a survivor and leading advocate against this practice – learn what conversion therapy is, the damage it can cause, and what we are called to do to stand against conversion therapy.
About Samuel Brinton
Sam is an ardent activist against the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy. His work consists of weekly trips to universities across the country to share his experiences and to educate on how to pass legislation banning the practice. He has spoken before the United Nations, Google Headquarters, and Congress, and has also been featured in interviews with TIME, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Guardian, New York Daily News, and many others. Sam is currently a Senior Policy Analyst at Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C., a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Sam is also the founder of #50bills50states, a campaign to introduce legislation in all 50 states to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy.
“My congregation isn’t ready to become Open & Affirming yet…” Great! This workshop is for you! “I would love to help my congregation become Open & Affirming…” Perfect! “I want to team up with GLAD to help other congregations become Open & Affirming…” Fabulous! Using the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit, this workshop will provide the tools that empower congregations to create a grace filled, respectful process towards becoming Open & Affirming, a process uniquely designed for each congregation’s specific needs. This day long workshop will provide in-depth and hands on training in the tools of Graceful Engagement, One to One Conversations, Storytelling, Framing, and more. These tools are also powerfully useful in many other contexts. Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of GLAD’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, will lead this workshop.
You can email Dr. Johnston at [email protected] for more information.
Please Note: Your $25 event cost includes lunch. This workshop will break from 11:30am-1:15pm for lunch with all of the day’s GLAD event participants.
Join us for a fabulous lunch and the always exciting GLAD business meeting!
Please Note: Your $25 event cost includes lunch along with both the morning and afternoon session or the all-day training.
In some families, Love is defined as making what’s important to someone else, important to you, for the sole reason that it’s important to someone else. When the call of Christians is to Love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves… what does it mean to engage in revolutionary love when making the important struggle of another as close to us as our own? And even further, what does it mean when we have to confess in the ways we have fallen short at loving, and let the systems of oppression and the logic of dominance prevent the radical love to which we’re called?
In this interactive keynote, Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza will invite a conversation to think about the ways in which we are called to lean into Revolutionary Love through encouraging a community of difference. With interactive learning we will hold attentiveness to the reality of what is actualized in the impact of what is seen in the overwhelming and disproportionate violence against marginalized people: Black, Brown, and Trans bodies. We’ll hold space for the way in which people can enter into the conversation and action in hope. And then, we’ll imagine together a future possibility of revolutionary love, where that which all people hold important, and necessary to survive, are intertwined in community of difference, for the sake of the gospel.
About Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD is a queer Latinx who negotiates the gift of divine doubting and layers of agnosticism as their faith orientation. Trained as a Constructive Philosophical Theologian, Robyn teaches in the classroom and on the streets the need to embrace the politics of radical difference. Deploying Continental Philosophy in conversation with Critical Race Theories, Post-Colonialism, anti-capitalism, and ways of knowing from marginalized communities, Robyn seeks to displace the hegemonic structure of Center and Margin and re-imagines a global network comprised of radical difference. Believing that the ways of their Indigenous Mexican ancestors are tangible ways of enacting radical social change, Robyn strategically deploys theologies and ethics of radical difference to disrupt the hegemonic structures that reproduce multi-system oppressions. As an anti-oppression, anti-racist, non-binary Trans Latinx, Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist theologian and ethicist to bridge together theories and practices that result in communities responding to pressing social concerns.
Your church isn’t ready to become Open & Affirming? An Open & Affirming process will split your church in two? Come hear Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of GLAD’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, share how every church can move forward to more welcome with grace and respect.
Yes, the fabulous GLAD Alliance Banquet returns to the 2017 General Assembly. Great food and friends, connecting with LGBT and Affirming Disciples, and our speaker, Naomi Washington Leapheart, Faith Work Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Tickets for the GLAD Alliance Banquet can be purchased with your General Assembly Registration at disciples.org.
Join DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network), GLAD Alliance, DPF (Disciples Peace Fellowship) and others for a time of active prayer in the streets of Indianapolis.
Come join with other LGBTQ clergy and seminarians for a time to relax away from congregants. An informal dinner for conversation and networking with no formal program.
Come as someone without supportive LGBTQ clergy connections; come as someone who can offer supportive connections; come to relax; come to connect.
If possible, RSVP to [email protected]
Please respect this separate space for clergy and seminarians who identify as LGBTQ.
Join us for the ever popular Open & Affirming Ministries Aftersession, a time to connect and renew our ties as Open & Affirming Ministries.