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Second Saturdays: Shining a light
September 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm$10
Rev. Melissa Guthrie Loy will be joined by Rev. Laura Jean Allen and voices from across the region or other members of the allianceQ council .
Church communities who are living into what it means to be Open & Affirming will share experiences of joy and struggle. Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance leaders will provide relevant definitions and explanations as well as an overview of resources for the journey of welcome, for those who are beginning or re-engaging their welcome. The process becomes a community-building experience by expanding congregational welcome and guiding our journeys to vital ministries of grace. We know we are all in different places. With embodied practices, small group interaction and Q&A, join us as we shine a light on the table. Facilitated by Rev. Melissa Guthrie Loy, Executive Director + Minister of the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance and Rev. Laura Jean Allen, AllianceQ Council Member and Minister with First Christian Church Helena. A panel of clergy and lay leaders will contribute to the workshop. Bring a candle and communion elements.
Your church isn’t ready to become Open & Affirming? This conversation is for you. What better time to build community and increase your gifts of hospitality! Your church already welcomes LGBTQ people and doesn’t need to do more? There’s always more welcome to offer! This conversation is for you. Everybody in your congregation knows that LGBTQ people are welcome? Now it’s time to expand the welcome with and into your community. This conversation is for you.
Rev. Melissa Guthrie Loy is the Executive Director + Minister with the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance. She is the Founding Director of the nonprofit Salvage Garden, an expansive ministry with individuals with disabilities. Setting a place at the table for all has always been a part of Melissa’s call. Perhaps because she was asked to leave a leadership position in a church when she came out as gay. Perhaps because she and her son were unwelcome in a different church because of his disabilities. Perhaps because she understands God as an embodied God whose image is in every body. Melissa is trained in Faith-Based Nonprofit Management by Wake Forest University School of Business and School of Divinity. She’s been a guest lecturer for the Institute on Theology and Disability and an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Melissa and her wife Leah have three children and a small zoo; they live in Greensboro, North Carolina.