May 5-6, 2017
SpringHouse Ministry Center – 610 West 28th Street, Minneapolis
Registration Rate:  $25 for the entire weekend, $15 day rate
CEUs will be offered through United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities:
1.3 CEU for the entire conference; .8 CEU for Saturday only, .5 CEU for Friday only
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Over the past decade, many mainline Protestant denominations and a significant number of congregations have focused on becoming Open & Affirming places of worship that welcome everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. With changes in our government and our culture, it’s time for us to refresh our commitment to faithful LGBTQ+ inclusion inside our churches and ministry settings, and take our extravagant welcome outside the walls of church. It’s time for us to move beyond “pray and be” to “go and do”! Join us for a series of keynote and workshop presentations where we will learn and grow together as witnesses of Jesus’ radical gospel of inclusion, with a closing panel discussion where we will be equipped to take the message of love and welcome into the world!

Keynote Presenter:  Nicole Garcia

Nicole is a self-identified transgender Latina. She began her transition, male-to-female, while employed as a law enforcement officer for the state of Colorado. She successfully completed her transition in 2005, and resigned her position as a state parole officer in 2013 to finish her counseling education. In 2014, she completed her M.A. in Counseling from the University of Colorado-Denver, and opened her private counseling practice, Nicole Garcia Counseling, LLC, in Longmont, Colorado. Nicole is also a Masters of Divinity student in the specialized M.Div. Distance Learning Program at Luther Seminary, and will graduate in May 2018.

Nicole has served on the boards of ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation, which advocates for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community; Interfaith Working Group, and One Colorado. Nicole is one of 9 featured trans* Christians in the January 18, 2017 article in The Christian Century: How Do You Hold Your Trans Identity Together and Your Life of Faith? 

Conference Schedule:

Friday, May 5:

3:00 pm – Happy Hour Gathering/Registration
3:30 pm – Opening Keynote & Community Partner Introductions
4:15 pm – Break
4:30 pm – Workshop Block #1
5:30 pm – Dinner (Soup & Sandwich Buffet, including gluten-free options)
7:00 pm – Keynote #2
8:15 pm – Closing Words

Saturday, May 6:

7:45 am – Registration
8:30 am – Gathering/Keynote #3
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – Workshop Block #2
11:15 am – Workshop Block #3
12:15 pm – Lunch (Gluten-free options will be available)
1:30 pm – Keynote #3
2:00 pm – Break
2:15 pm – Panel Discussion with audience involvement
3:15 pm – Closing Words

Workshops (As of 3/10/17):

Rev. Marc Blakesley (Consultants, Open & Affirming Coalition of the UCC): Queerness, Heteronormativity and Gender Fluidity
Rev. DeWayne Davis (Pastor, All God’s Children MCC):  The intersection of HIV/AIDS and Social Justice
Nicole Garcia (Keynote Speaker):  Creating Genderless Liturgies for Worship
Rev. Rachael Keefe (Living Table UCC):  Pastoral Care for the LGBTQ+ Community
Peter Murray & Phil Duran (OutFront Minnesota):  HealthCare Access & Violence Prevention for the LGBTQ+ Community and Its Allies
Rev. Lawrence Tanner Richardson (Linden Hills UCC/The Center for Progressive Renewal):  “Trans 101” and “My Trans Faith & Gender Identity”
Rev. Rachael Keefe (Living Table UCC):  Pastoral Care for the LGBTQ+ Community

PRESS & PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS FOR DOWNLOAD:
Press Release Let Justice Flow Like Water
Let Justice Flow – Promo – 11 x 17
Let Justice Flow – Promo – 8.5 x 11
Let Justice Flow – Promo – Bulletin Insert

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