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Winter 2018 More Light Teach-In Series: Pastoral Care For LGBTQ Youth

When we baptize children into our community, we promise to nurture them in the faith and support them as they grow.  As a church, the promises we make when we baptize someone bring with them a commitment to take the journey with young people as they mature in their faith. What does that support look like for LGBTQ youth? How do we proactively create spaces in church so LGBTQ youth know they are welcome? This series will address practical ways in which congregations can proactively support LGBTQ youth.

Part 3: Friday, March 2, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern

What will we learn?  Part 3 will cover how to live into the welcome congregations set for LGBTQ youth, including scenarios and practical tips for extending your welcome to LGBTQ youth, and how to live into a policy if challenges arise.

Co-Trainer: Ashley Goff

Ashley is Minister for Spiritual Formation at Church of the Pilgrims (PCUSA) and ordained in the United Church of Christ. Ashley graduated from Union Theological Seminary in NYC where she fell in love with the art of liturgy.  She lives with deep gratitude for several communities which have formed her along the way: Denison University, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Open Door Community, and Rikers Island NYC Jail. Ashley also finds life in Springsteen music, beekeeping, urban farming, vinyasa yoga, and her three kids, and loveable spouse.  Ashley blogs at



Co-trainer: Shelley Donaldson

Shelleyshelley_biopic is a youth worker, pastor-in-waiting, wife, artist, writer, LGBTQ advocate, retreat planner, and a lover of Southern food who grew up amongst the pine trees of Georgia and the marshes of South Carolina. She holds degrees in Philosophy and Art from the University of West Georgia, located in Carrollton, GA, and a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. She currently works with Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL, with youth. She spends much of her time doing hands-on ministry with youth conferences, LGBTQ retreats for clergy, painting, making collages, working and writing on Christian Education, and traveling the world in search of places where the earthly world meets the kin-dom of God through people, culture, and of course, food.

Cost: $35 (Watching with a group? The cost of each teach-in part is weighed based on group size. If you are watching with a group of 2-5 people, the TOTAL cost of Part 3 is $35; with a group of 6-20 people, the total cost of Part 3 is $50; with a group of 21 or more, the total cost of Part 3 is $100).

  • 1 – 5 participants: $35
  • 6 – 20 participants: $50
  • 21 participants or more: $100 


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