Cindy Bohrer (United student and admissions counselor) is passionate about creating safe, inclusive spaces, particularly when it comes to gender, identity, and pronoun usage. As part of her Social Transformation capstone, she has just released "Becoming in the New Year," a fun downloadable resource to help churches become more generous, kind, and affirming — because y'all means all!
The author explores a mystic spirituality and describes numerous practical steps that gay men and women can take in order to connect with their innate spiritual nature and express it in their daily lives and relationships. He provides prayers, meditations, rituals, exercises and other suggestions to foster spiritual discovery.
By Leah Dail
Includes a list of additional online resources for developing your own small group or support network.
This four-session guide is for middle- and high school youth (confirmation classes or youth groups); for exploring safe and healthy relationships and imparting lifelong skills to make safe and healthy choices.
Hope Church (UMC) offers a great list of resources for parents, faith formation leaders, clergy, and allies to create justice, hospitality, and study.
It can be difficult to love ourselves and others when we live in a society that isn't always affirming of queerness. These books inspire us to overcome our fears and transform more fully into the person we are meant to be.
During Pride Month, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the UCC will launch a new podcast called “The Intersection” beginning June 6. The biweekly podcast will be available on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Sid High was 18 and trans in a world that felt increasingly hostile for young people like him. But as the U.S. grew more divided, he found himself growing deeper in his faith.
By Casey Parks
December 23, 2022 at 7:00 AM CST
Illustration by Polo Heredia/Yes! Media
"For this was First Woman’s gift: a choice to be, to love, and a small power of creation. For some, the power of pregnancy. For a select few, the power to call forth rain. And for everyone, the power to create bonds that last a lifetime."
Austen Hartke shares The Blessings of a Complex Story
In RevGalBlogPals, The Pastoral Is Political blog, Rev. Emily Heitzman clarifies the importance of creating Affirming Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Youth.
LGBTQ+ History Month
A panel of spiritual thought leaders discuss what we can all do to create more inclusive communities of faith at the Wild Goose Festival
“What to Watch: Celebrate LGBTQIA Pride Month” by Beatrice Alvarez (PBS, June 1, 2022) – an article with a number of PBS documentary videos featuring people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their stories
"The trans community is very small, it’s a microcosm of the society, even smaller than the LGB community,” says Ebony Harper, executive director of California TRANScends. Harper joined Lambda legal attorney Carl Charles and congressional candidate Maebe A. Girl on a special videotaped roundtable marking Transgender Day of Visibility, which falls on March 31. The three panelists engaged in a sweeping discussion of how a small minority of Americans has become a target of conservative culture wars as a way to distract people from issues like climate change and economic injustices, and how resistance to right-wing attacks takes many forms: litigation, political engagement, and individual acts of solidarity.
Ceremony to honor and commemorate persons coming into the fullness of their identity with the support of their worshipping community.
Illustrated Ministry provides numerous options for Pride Parades and everyday welcome: