“Our church, recently used a Teach-In video for a Sunday school class and had a great response! A great cross-section of the church showed up to discuss gender identity and expression through a biblical lens. The video was easy to set-up and use; we watched the video and had a group conversation afterward.”
Has your congregation asked, “we’re welcoming, now what?”
More Light’s Teach-ins were designed to help our congregations live into their LGBTQIA+ inclusion. This includes a series of webinars focusing on topics impacting the LGBTQIA+ community such as racism and racial justice, transgender inclusion, LGBTQIA+ youth, homelessness, and immigration. The series are typically divided into three 45-minute parts,
See below to access past Teach-Ins, including our series on Language and Terminology, LGBTQIA+ Refugees, LGBTQIA+ Youth, Gender Justice, and Racial Justice!
What is a Teach-In?
A teach-in is similar to a general educational forum on any complicated issue, usually an issue involving current political affairs. The main difference between a teach-in and a seminar is the refusal to limit the discussion to a specific academic frame or scope. Our goal is to offer MLP members and leaders the opportunity to learn together, share their ideas and experiences working for social justice in their congregations and communities, and explore opportunities for peer coaching.
How can you use an Online Teach-In?
More Light Teach-Ins are an excellent resource for Sunday school class or community conversation. Additionally, More Light’s Teach-Ins are great tools for individual and community education. Teach-Ins can help you learn more about how your church can implement best practices and explore challenges within your ministries.
Click on the links below to learn more about our previous online Teach-Ins, including how to watch them with your congregation!
How can our congregations be places of welcome for LGBTQIA+ 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. This 2-part teach-in is the starting point of our Gender Justice Teach-in Series and gives participants a vocabulary for welcome and offers fresh ways to discuss gender identity and sexual orientation that look for commonalities rather than categories.
At More Light, we often hear from congregational leaders who have active ministries to both LGBTQIA+ people and refugees, and who want to be a better source of support to both populations but may be unsure how best to do so. This 3-part series will address the ways in which congregations can better serve LGBTQIA+ refugees, and asylum seekers.
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 LGBTQIA+ youth? How do we proactively create spaces in church so LGBTQIA+ youth know they are welcome? This series addressed practical ways in which congregations can support LGBTQIA+ youth.
This teach-in series gives tools for how to make you congregation a place of welcome for transgender and nonbinary folks, including language and terminology, a biblical foundation for trans inclusion, and how to take action for trans inclusion.
Making choices to dismantle racism in our schools, congregations, workplaces, and communities takes skill. This teach-in series explores strategies and tools for working together to integrate racial justice measures into our ministries.