More Light Teach-Ins

teach_in_circle_logo_white_background_200pxHas your congregation asked, “we’re welcoming, now what?”

More Light’s Teach-ins were designed to help our congregations live into their LGBTQ inclusion. This includes a series of webinars and conversation groups focusing on topics impacting the LGBTQ community such as racism and racial justice, transgender inclusion, LGBTQ youth, homelessness, and immigration. Learn more about how your church can get connected with a peer network to share best practices and explore challenges within your ministries.

Check out our Teach-In Videos page to see our Gender Justice Teach in Series and our Showing Up for Racial Justice Teach-In!

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.

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

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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 2: Friday, February 16, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern

What will we learn?Part 2 will address practical ways congregations can support LGBTQ youth, including how to write and implement policies for bathrooms, camp, and church trips, and how to create an inclusive worship space.

Register for Part 2

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.

Register for Part 3

 

Series Trainer: Jess Cook

jessbiopoicJess is the Program & Communications Manager for More Light and is a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Prior to joining MLP, Jess was the Youth Programs Director at Side by Side, an organization in Richmond, VA serving LGBTQ+ youth. While at Side by Side, Jess worked with hundreds of young people through support groups, a leadership program, and various programs in the community. They created a parent support group and a meals program, and trained a wide variety of faith community leaders and service providers on best practices for working with LGBTQ+ youth.

A native of East Texas and lifelong Presbyterian, Jess holds a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Baylor.

Check out Jess’s TEDx Talk on what faith communities can learn from spaces dedicated to LGBTQ-youth for more.

Part 1: Tuesday, February 6, 3pm Eastern

What will we Learn?
Part 1 will offer a review of language and terminology, an overview of the current landscape for LGBTQ youth (including risk factors and suicidal ideation), and an introduction to what LGBTQ youth need to feel supported in the church and ways congregations can be proactive in their ministry for LGBTQ youth.

Register for Part 1

Co-Trainer: Alex Patchin McNeill

Alex Patchin McNeill is the executive director of More Light Presbyterians and is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. He is a life-long Presbyterian, and a nationally known educator and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Christians. He played key roles organizing faith communities for the passage of Amendment 10A in the PC(USA), and for marriage equality legislation in Maryland. McNeill has also campaigned for ballot measures and legislation to promote LGBTQ rights. His journey to ordination is currently being chronicled in the documentary, Out of Order. Alex holds a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He currently lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and three dogs.

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 1 is $35; with a group of 6-20 people, the total cost of Part 1 is $50; with a group of 21 or more, the total cost of Part 1 is $100).

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

Click the button below to register for Part 1:

Register for Part 1

Part 2: Friday, February 16, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern

What will we learn?Part 2 will address practical ways congregations can support LGBTQ youth, including how to write and implement policies for bathrooms, camp, and church trips, and how to create an inclusive worship space.

Register for Part 2

Co-Trainer: Ashley DeTar Birt

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Ashley DeTar Birt is a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary where she obtained her M.Div. She also holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Ashley currently works as the Director of Christian Education at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York, NY with some of the most fun kids she’s ever met. Her interests include the intersections of racial justice, children and youth, interfaith communication, LGBTQ+ issues (particularly the B), and Christianity.

When she isn’t at church or doing social justice work, she enjoys writing, sound editing and theatre tech.

Co-Trainer: Harry Zweckbronner

harry_biopicHarry is the Program Director at Camp Hanover, the outdoor ministry of the Presbytery of the James. Camp Hanover, in conversation with the Presbytery, recently worked to develop a policy for trans campers.

Harry believes strongly in all aspects of Christian camping, and he is most passionate about team building and giving kids the opportunity to grow in their faith. A lifelong Presbyterian, Harry’s experiences attending summer camp as both camper and staff member played a large role in shaping the person he is today. Because of this, he is passionate about helping others have similarly significant experiences.

Prior to joining the Camp Hanover team, Harry served for ten years as the Program Director at the Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center, where he oversaw the summer camp program and year round youth retreats. Before following the call into camp ministry, Harry taught high school history for 7 years. Harry has also served on the board of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association and is a standards visitor for the American Camp Association.

In his down time, Harry loves spending time with his wife, and three children. He also likes to cook, coach youth sports, and is an avid sports fan.

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 2 is $35; with a group of 6-20 people, the total cost of Part 2 is $50; with a group of 21 or more, the total cost of Part 2 is $100).

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

Click the button below to register for Part 2:

Register for Part 2

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.

Register for Part 3

Co-Trainer: Ashley Goff

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Ashley Goff 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 godofthesparrow.com.

 

 

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 

Click the button below to register for Part 3.

Register for Part 3

Check out our Teach-In Videos page to see our Gender Justice Teach in Series and our Showing Up for Racial Justice Teach-In!