LGBTQ InclusionFostering full participation for all in local congregations
LOVING GOD & NEIGHBOR: LGBTQ INCLUSION IN CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
LGBTQ inclusion is one of the most pressing challenges, and greatest opportunities, for church growth today. In this seminar, you’ll learn from pioneers and the next generation of LGBTQ leaders on how to foster and navigate inclusion in your own context.
Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr
Pioneer for LGBTQ inclusion
in the Presbyterian Church
Dr. Michael Adee
Educator, activist, Director of the
Global Faith and Justice Project
Rev. Dr. Erin Swenson
Licensed Psychotherapist and
an ordained Transgender Presbyterian Minister
Rev. Brandan Robertson
Writer, activist, pastor at
Mission Gathering San Diego.
FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
The structure for this interactive online seminar is informed and inspired by this Great Commandment text with its call to create inclusive community. Surely the commitment and creation of inclusive faith communities inspires church growth in every possible way. The first three content sessions are:
Session 1 – Love of God: Biblical and Theological Imperatives for Inclusion with Brandan Robertson
Session 2 – Love of Neighbor: Ethical and Social Justice Imperatives for Inclusion with Michael Adee
Session 3 – Love of Self: Pastoral and Self Care Imperatives for Inclusion with Annanda Barclay
Session 4 – Community Project: Moving Forward in Your Context
Session 5 — Love Beyond the Gender Binary: Pastoral Care for Transgender People with Erin Swenson
Session 6 – Community Project: Moving Forward in Your Context
In the final session, each participant designs and implements a grassroots project focused upon inclusion in a context of one’s own choosing. Seminar faculty will serve as guides to accompany each participant with their community project.
Projects are eligible for $2000 Wisdom Grants that will support your local efforts. Recipients of Wisdom Grants will also travel to campus to present at the Center’s annual Wisdom Conference.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COLLABORATIVE?
This course is designed for anyone who wants to work on inclusion in any religious community setting. Each participant will benefit in direct ways from the wisdom and experience of others in the community concerning starting and sustaining healthy change.
- To establish a cohort of people who are leaders of faith communities that are interested in advancing issues of inclusion in their specific communities
- To explore the literature, both theoretical and practical, concerning the issues and challenges of engaging, changing and challenging a community in ways that end in a healthy and inclusive community for all
- To expose the participants to the pioneers of some of the more successful approaches to community change
- To have the members of the cohort support, challenge and clarify at least one effort that is attempted during the scope of the evaluation
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselor, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CE hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your agency.