Participate in a one-day interfaith clergy conference about LGBT inclusion in congregational life.
Keynote speaker: Alex McNeill, M.Div, Executive Director, More Light Presbyterians
Alex Patchin McNeill is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. He is an openly transgender man, a life-long Presbyterian, and a nationally known educator and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Christians. He has trained hundreds of Christians to become community leaders through the Institute for Welcoming Resources and the Reconciling Ministries Network. He played key roles organizing faith communities for the passage of Amendment 10A in the PC(USA), and for marriage equality legislation in Maryland. McNeill has also campaigned for ballot measures and legislation to promote LGBTQ rights. His journey to ordination is currently being chronicled in the documentary, Out of Order. Alex holds a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He currently resides just outside of Washington, DC with his wife and three dogs.
Workshop topics include:
- Using ritual to celebrate LGBT experiences
- Spiritual violence and the LGBT Community
- Pastoral care for LGBT congregants
- LGBT cultural competency for clergy
- LGBT clergy meet-up
Advance registration is required. Registration fee of $35 includes vegetarian breakfast and lunch. Meals are Kosher-style (dairy-vegetarian), however we can order certified Kosher or Halal meals for an additional charge, please email [email protected] before registering.
This conference is presented thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors:
Presenting sponsor: E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Venue Sponsor: Congregation Keneseth Israel
Workshop Sponsors: Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, Unity of Lehigh Valley, Rev. Peter & Lynn Pettit
Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available at the following levels:
- $250 - Congregational Sponsor (2 registrants, program and website listing, and vocal recognition at the event)
- $300 - Workshop Sponsor (2 registrants, recognition as sponsor of one of the workshops, opportunity to make brief remarks at the start of the workshop, program and website listing, and vocal recognition at the event) *only three opportunities are remaining at this level
- $500 - Breakfast Sponsor (2 registrants, sponsor signage during breakfast, program and website listing, and vocal recognition at the event) *only one opportunity at this level
- $1,000 - Lunch Sponsor (4 registrants, sponsor signage during lunch, opportunity to make brief remarks at the start of lunch, program and website listing, and vocal recognition at the event) *only one opportunity at this level
2227 W Chew St
Allentown, PA 18104
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