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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Christian People of the Rainbow

Speaking of spiritual resources for lgbt people and straight allies, Kirkridge, the good folks who brought us Creating a Culture of Peace have scheduled a conference in June, Gateways and Growth Spurts. Here are the details:

Christian People of the Rainbow
Annual Retreat for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender People and their Allies

Gateways and Growth-Spurts

Jesus told us to enter the small narrow gate that leads to life (Matt. 7:13-14). Could he have been referring to those moments when we suddenly face opportunities to grow rapidly--or else to cower in fear? Some of these gateways are pleasant, like falling in love or starting a desirable job. But many are unpleasant, such as bereavement or loss, being attacked, dealing with childhood abuse, being forced to change our gender-concepts or other long-held beliefs, or nearing our own death (the final gateway). Through presentations, interactive workshops, panel discussions, small groups, and worship, we will explore the opportunity offered in some of these gateways. Music, dancing, talent-sharing, and partying will round out our weekend together.

To register online, please click here.

Daniel Helminiak is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia where he teaches Psychology of Spirituality. He is also a psychotherapist, theologian, and author. His book, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality (Alamo Square Press, 1994, 2000), is an international best-seller.

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is a prolific author who, with Letha Scanzoni, co-authored "Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?; (1978) revised and expanded (1994). Her Lambda Award winning book “Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach” is now available in a revised and expanded edition. Virginia has been a leader at this retreat for nearly 30 years.

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