Building an Inclusive Church
Faith-Based Community Organizing
Perhaps you are a leader (lay or ordained) in a congregation which is considering becoming welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (lgbt) persons. Perhaps you are committed deeply to helping other congregations in your denomination become more welcoming of lgbt folks. Either scenario means that this training will be very helpful to you in honing your skills and gaining more knowledge about how to help congregations through those tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Graceful Engagement Webinar
These training workshops are targeted to congregations affiliated with: The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Church, Alliance of Baptists, American Baptist Churches USA, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Community of Christ, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Mennonite Church USA, or Mennonite Church Canada, and Reformed Church in America, but anyone from any denomination or church is welcome.
What to expect from this training?
The training has been designed specifically with congregations and their leaders in mind. We will explore topics which will help you to become a more effective leader in working with congregations on issues related to human sexuality and gender identity for the purpose of helping a congregation discern God's call to become more welcoming and inclusive, particularly of lgbt persons. Topics include:
Who should come?
Anyone who is interested in seeing the Church (meaning all churches) become more welcoming, supportive and inclusive of lgbt persons. This could include:
These training programs are supported by grants from the Arcus Foundation, the E. Rhodes & Leona Carpenter Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.
For a schedule for each workshop, see the information packet for each training which can be linked to above.
What does the training cost?
For registration fees and what is included in the fee, see the information packet for each training which can be linked to above.
Specific information on hotels near each training site can be found in the information packet for that specific training which can be linked to above.
Participants are responsible for making their own housing reservations.
Other Housing Options
Limited host housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Every effort to assist with transportation to and from the church will be made, but cannot be guaranteed.
Participants requesting host housing should check the box on the registration form indicating that request.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Airports closest to the training location are listed in each registration packet which can be linked to above.
The training events are usually held at a church. The location is included in the registration packet. The street address and web site, if available, is also included.
Information on the meals included in each training workshop is provided in the information packet. Please note on the registration form if you have any food allergies/restrictions or if you need vegetarian or vegan options.
How do I register?
You may either follow the weblinks above to register and pay online or you may download and print a copy of the registration packet for the training event you wish to attend. Links for the registration packet for each training workshop are located at beginning of this page under each training date and location.
If you are registering by postal mail, please follow the instructions at the bottom of each registration form and make your check payable as listed on the form, as well.
You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail (make sure you give us an e-mail address) or regular mail (if you do not have e-mail access).
What Else Do I Need to Know?
For questions or more information, contact David Lohman by email or 612.821.4397.