Calendar

What’s happening, you ask? The GLAD Calendar knows!
Apr
7
Fri
2017
Building an Inclusive Church – Knoxville TN @ Tyson House
Apr 7 – Apr 8 all-day

Building an Inclusive Church trainings are for leaders in congregations which are considering becoming Open & Affirming and for those who would like to know more about supporting other congregations becoming O&A. This training will hone your skills and give you knowledge about how to help congregations through those tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church.

This event starts at 5:30pm on Friday and ends at 5pm on Saturday.

These trainings are ecumenical and this particular training is sponsored by our friends at ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. Feel free to invite all your friends to sign up!

Apr
28
Fri
2017
Building an Inclusive Church Training – La Crosse WI @ La Crosse Area Synod Office (Lutheran)
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

Building an Inclusive Church trainings are for leaders in congregations which are considering becoming Open & Affirming and for those who would like to know more about supporting other congregations becoming O&A. This training will hone your skills and give you knowledge about how to help congregations through those tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church.

This event starts at 5:30pm on Friday and ends at 5pm on Saturday.

These trainings are ecumenical and this particular training is sponsored by our friends at ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. Feel free to invite all your friends to sign up!

Building an Inclusive Church Training – North Versailles PA @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

Building an Inclusive Church trainings are for leaders in congregations which are considering becoming Open & Affirming and for those who would like to know more about supporting other congregations becoming O&A. This training will hone your skills and give you knowledge about how to help congregations through those tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church.

This event starts at 5:30pm on Friday and ends at 5pm on Saturday.

These trainings are ecumenical and this particular training is sponsored by our friends at ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. Feel free to invite all your friends to sign up!

May
19
Fri
2017
Building an Inclusive Church Training – Delavan WI @ Luther Memorial Church
May 19 – May 20 all-day

Building an Inclusive Church trainings are for leaders in congregations which are considering becoming Open & Affirming and for those who would like to know more about supporting other congregations becoming O&A. This training will hone your skills and give you knowledge about how to help congregations through those tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church.

This event starts at 5:30pm on Friday and ends at 5pm on Saturday.

These trainings are ecumenical and this particular training is sponsored by our friends at ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. Feel free to invite all your friends to sign up!

Jul
8
Sat
2017
“Conversations About Conversion Therapy” – GLAD Pre-Assembly Morning Event @ Central Christian Church
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:15 am

The issue of conversion therapy (a range of dangerous practices that claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression) became a front-page issue in the recent presidential election, and is supported by many officials in the Trump administration. Come hear from Samuel Brinton, a survivor and leading advocate against this practice – learn what conversion therapy is, the damage it can cause, and what we are called to do to stand against conversion therapy.

About Samuel Brinton

The GLAD Pre-Assembly Events cost $25 including lunch. This includes both the morning and afternoon speaker events and lunch OR the Building an Inclusive Church Training and lunch. You can sign up for these events here (and while you’re at it, make a membership contribution to GLAD too!).

Sam is an ardent activist against the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy. His work consists of weekly trips to universities across the country to share his experiences and to educate on how to pass legislation banning the practice. He has spoken before the United Nations, Google Headquarters, and Congress, and has also been featured in interviews with TIME, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Guardian, New York Daily News, and many others. Sam is currently a Senior Policy Analyst at Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C., a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Sam is also the founder of #50bills50states, a campaign to introduce legislation in all 50 states to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy.

Building An Inclusive Church Toolkit Training – GLAD Pre-Assembly All-Day Event @ Central Christian Church
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The GLAD Pre-Assembly Events cost $25 including lunch. This includes both the morning and afternoon speaker events and lunch OR the Building an Inclusive Church Training and lunch. You can sign up for these events here (and while you’re at it, make a membership contribution to GLAD too!).

“My congregation isn’t ready to become Open & Affirming yet…” Great! This workshop is for you! “I would love to help my congregation become Open & Affirming…” Perfect! “I want to team up with GLAD to help other congregations become Open & Affirming…” Fabulous! Using the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit, this workshop will provide the tools that empower congregations to create a grace filled, respectful process towards becoming Open & Affirming, a process uniquely designed for each congregation’s specific needs. This day long workshop will provide in-depth and hands on training in the tools of Graceful Engagement, One to One Conversations, Storytelling, Framing, and more. These tools are also powerfully useful in many other contexts. Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of GLAD’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, will lead this workshop.

Please Note: Your $25 event cost includes lunch. This workshop will break from 11:30am-1:15pm for lunch with all of the day’s GLAD event participants.

Lunch – and GLAD Business Meeting @ Central Christian Church
Jul 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Join us for a fabulous lunch and the always exciting GLAD business meeting!

Please Note: Your $25 event cost includes lunch along with both the morning and afternoon session or the all-day training.

“Embarking on Revolutionary Love & Making a Community of Difference” – GLAD Pre-Assembly Afternoon Event @ Central Christian Church
Jul 8 @ 1:30 pm – 4:15 pm

In some families, Love is defined as making what’s important to someone else, important to you, for the sole reason that it’s important to someone else. When the call of Christians is to Love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves… what does it mean to engage in revolutionary love when making the important struggle of another as close to us as our own? And even further, what does it mean when we have to confess in the ways we have fallen short at loving, and let the systems of oppression and the logic of dominance prevent the radical love to which we’re called?

The GLAD Pre-Assembly Events cost $25 including lunch. This includes both the morning and afternoon speaker events and lunch OR the Building an Inclusive Church Training and lunch. You can sign up for these events here (and while you’re at it, make a membership contribution to GLAD too!).

In this interactive keynote, Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, and Rev. Chris Davies will invite a conversation to think about the ways in which we are called to lean into Revolutionary Love through encouraging a community of difference. With interactive learning we will hold attentiveness to the reality of what is actualized in the impact of what is seen in the overwhelming and disproportionate violence against marginalized people: Black, Brown, and Trans bodies. We’ll hold space for the way in which people can enter into the conversation and action in hope. And then, we’ll imagine together a future possibility of revolutionary love, where that which all people hold important, and necessary to survive, are intertwined in community of difference, for the sake of the gospel.

About Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza


Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD is a queer Latinx who negotiates the gift of divine doubting and layers of agnosticism as their faith orientation. Trained as a Constructive Philosophical Theologian, Robyn teaches in the classroom and on the streets the need to embrace the politics of radical difference. Deploying Continental Philosophy in conversation with Critical Race Theories, Post-Colonialism, anti-capitalism, and ways of knowing from marginalized communities, Robyn seeks to displace the hegemonic structure of Center and Margin and re-imagines a global network comprised of radical difference. Believing that the ways of their Indigenous Mexican ancestors are tangible ways of enacting radical social change, Robyn strategically deploys theologies and ethics of radical difference to disrupt the hegemonic structures that reproduce multi-system oppressions. As an anti-oppression, anti-racist, non-binary Trans Latinx, Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist theologian and ethicist to bridge together theories and practices that result in communities responding to pressing social concerns.

About Rev. Chris Davies


Rev. Chris S. Davies is a local beer enthusiast, creative queer liturgist, and dreamer beyond the normative church. She is a Connecticut native, a Cleveland transplant, and a wandering Irish Rover at heart. She is the curator of Queer Clergy Trading Cards, a project of revolutionary love, bringing visibility to queer clergy, using humor and irreverence to help change the conversation to highlight common awe (and absurdities) in faith work. Chris currently works for the United Church of Christ and is the point person for Congregational Assessment, Support, and Advancement at the National offices. She loves Jesus and church deeply, and wants to help vision how we can transform the world, for the sake of the Gospel.

Jul
9
Sun
2017
Workshop: My Church isn’t Ready to Become Open & Affirming and Other Myths @ See General Assembly Docket for location details
Jul 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Your church isn’t ready to become Open & Affirming? An Open & Affirming process will split your church in two? Come hear Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of GLAD’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, share how every church can move forward to more welcome with grace and respect.

GLAD Alliance Banquet @ Indianapolis Convention Center
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Yes, the fabulous GLAD Alliance Banquet returns to the 2017 General Assembly. Great food and friends, connecting with LGBT and Affirming Disciples, and our speaker, Naomi Washington Leaphart, Faith Work Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Tickets for the GLAD Alliance Banquet can be purchased with your General Assembly Registration at disciples.org.

Jul
10
Mon
2017
Aftersession Event: Vigil for Peace & Justice
Jul 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network), GLAD Alliance, DPF (Disciples Peace Fellowship) and others for a time of active prayer in the streets of Indianapolis.

Jul
11
Tue
2017
Informal Dinner Gathering for LGBTQ Clergy and Seminarians @ Scotty’s Brewhouse
Jul 11 @ 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Come join with other LGBTQ clergy and seminarians for a time to relax away from congregants. An informal dinner for conversation and networking with no formal program.

If possible, RSVP to [email protected]

Please respect this separate space for clergy and seminarians who identify as LGBTQ.

Open & Affirming Ministries Aftersession @ Indianapolis Convention Center
Jul 11 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for the ever popular Open & Affirming Ministries Aftersession, a time to connect and renew our ties as Open & Affirming Ministries.