“I wanted to tell you how much we appreciated your . . . presentation, and conversation with us last week. I have had the most wonderful feedback from staff, students, and faculty. One staff member said that your thoughtful, articulate, and sometimes humorous presentation has given him a much better understanding of trans issues and has, actually, made him more comfortable engaging those who appear different than himself. I would call that a huge success!”

Gender Justice In-Person Teach-In

How can our congregations be places of welcome for transgender and gender non-binary folks? The starting point for that journey is learning how to discuss the nuances of gender identity and sexual orientation in order to provide a strong foundation of welcome.

So, what does trans inclusion look like? This teach-in will give participants a vocabulary for of welcome and offers fresh ways to discuss gender identity and sexual orientation that look for commonalities rather than categories. In this training, we will also dive into the rich biblical foundation for trans inclusion and explore how churches have successfully made worship more welcoming. Participants will walk away with tools and tactics to make their church spaces more intentionally inclusive of trans identities.

Finally, what good is a light hidden under a bushel when people in your community live in darkness? Participants will complete the training with a great understanding of opportunities for action in the current legislative landscape offers faith-led advocates. Beyond national and state-level action, participants will also leave knowing how to implement pro-active policies and programs in their congregation.

Outline (90 mins)

  • 0-10 m Introductions and Setting the Space
  • 10- 30 m Connecting the Dots on Gender Identity and SexualOrientation
  • 30 – 50 m Theology of Trans Inclusion
  • 50 – 70 m Faith in Action for Trans Inclusion
  • 70 – 80 m Action Planning for Trans Inclusion
  • 80 – 90 m Closing reflections & Send Off


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