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For generations, LGBTQ people have been pushed out of religious and spiritual communities. For too long, our very selves have been erased from religious texts and rituals, although we have always been participants and leaders in our communities, if too often in the shadows. Some traditions have been inclusive from the beginning and some have come along in recent decades, but many of us still have inner healing and community-wide work to do.
So we are Coming Out of the Shadows. We are coming together to recreate our creation stories; to rekindle our spiritual selves; to share among believers and non-believers of all traditions; and to heal, celebrate, and love.
This festival will feature a morning of workshops to help us reclaim our hidden histories and support our spiritual journeys. The afternoon will include talking circles with skilled facilitators for healing and celebrating together. Chaplains, social workers, and alternative healers will be onsite for individual support. The day will begin and end with music and ritual from different traditions.
Workshops and Panels:
Queering the Hebrew Bible (Thea Portier-Young)
Queer Yoga as Liberation Practice (Patty Adams)
Pauli Murray’s Expansive Theology (Barbara Lau)
Panel: Transforming Our Narratives. Stories of Faith Journeys as LGBTQ Individuals. With Noah Rubin-Blose, Tony Johnson, Betty Morton, and Saba Taj. Rinah Rachel Galper, moderator.
No Part Left Out-Dances of Universal Peace (Kathleen Hannan)
Mending the Wounds of A Broken Body – Understanding and Healing from Spiritual Trauma (Indhira Udofia)
Faith in Activism (Karen Ziegler & John Paredes)