We are an Open and Affirming church, having declared ourselves so in 2001. We have done much to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people to our church. But there is always more we can do and more we can learn about the LGBTQIA+ community. The Open & Affirming Coalition of the UCC provides local churches with classes, resources, coaching and frameworks to do just what our purpose statement says – welcome all with joy! Three transgender awareness webinars are coming up soon – Feb 25, Mar 4 and Mar 11. You are invited to continue the church’s ONA learning journey by attending any of these webinars.
If you are interested in attending any one or all of the following 3 sessions, please email Anne Hoenicke at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the link to the session when it becomes available. You do not need to pay the registration fee as the church has already signed up for a group pass for all of the webinars.
This webinar is an introduction to the diversity of experience beyond sexual and gender binaries. It will cover the science beyond binaries and introduce people to the long history of gender and sexual diversity that existed in the world prior to the colonial era. It will highlight the stories of nonbinary children and adults, and discuss the growing number of children and youth who are authentically themselves. Consider it Transgender 101 and Bisexuality 101 combined.
Thursday, February 25th 7pm ~90 minutes
The stories of your trans and nonbinary neighbors, their courage and deep faith, will enrich your congregation. From best methods to fully welcome and affirm transgender and nonbinary people into your faith community to learning about how to create inclusive liturgies and worship spaces, this webinar will dig deep into the theology of the transgender movement. Led by the ONA Coalition’s president, the Rev. Mak Kneebone (he, him). Thursday, March 4th 7pm ~90 minutes
Discover the incredible diversity of people who fall under the transgender umbrella. Learn terms specific to transgender people and their experiences. Discover some of the challenges trans people face, both within and outside of the Church. Learn about how to create inclusive bathroom spaces, how to encourage the congregation to share pronouns, and even best practices for gender expansive youth group policies. Discover ways to use inclusive language and how to widen the welcome and create new groups and events that are not gender specific.
Thursday, March 11th 7pm ~90 minutes
LGBTQIA+ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Agender/Asexual/Ally