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Ministering Effectively to Transgender and Non-Binary People and Their Loved Ones
January 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
As we strive to be a welcoming community of faith, it is more vital than ever that we, as clergy, staff, lay leaders, chaplains, and pastoral counselors, equip ourselves with the best tools to support transgender and non-binary people and their loved ones.
In this workshop, through a combination of engaging presentation, discussion, activities, Q&A, video clips, and personal stories, you will:
- Learn what the Bible says in support of gender diverse people
- Understand and be equipped to meet the various pastoral care needs of transgender children, youth and adults and their loved ones
- Get resources and suggestions for welcoming trans people and their families into your spaces
- Learn how cultural assumptions about gender impact our understanding of trans and non-binary people
- Understand transgender-related terms and the transitioning process for gender diverse children, youth and adults
- Know how to interact respectfully with transgender and and non-binary people
Lunch will be provided.
The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has approved this training for five contact hours of continuing education credit.
As an added bonus, you are invited to tour the Toco Hills Community Alliance’s newly renovated facility, located on the grounds of St. Bart’s. The tour will be led by THCA’s Executive Director, Rev. Lisa Heilig, immediately following the workshop. (3:30-4:00 p.m.)
About the workshop facilitators:
Rev. Linda Herzer and Gabrielle Claiborne are co-founders of Transformation Journeys Worldwide, a transgender-focused inclusion training and consulting firm.
Rev. Linda became an advocate for gender-diverse people after serving a church with a large transgender population. She has also facilitated support groups for gender diverse youth and adults, and their parents and spouses. In 2016, Pilgrim Press published her first book, The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance.
Gabrielle has been an out and active transgender woman since 2010. Along with being a lifelong church leader, she served for five years on the Executive Board of Atlanta Pride. Gabrielle currently serves on the Transgender Task Force of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, on the City of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Mayoral Advisory Council, and on the Board of the OUT Georgia Business Alliance. The Atlanta Business Chronicle honored her as their 2019 Outstanding Voice for Diversity and Inclusion, and in 2018 her work was featured in Forbes.
Registration deadline: January 30
Event cost: $120-$160. Register early for the best rates.