Question: Does the Church have your back? Answer: You tell us!
Join us at Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, October 26th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM for a day long learning event to discuss queer allyship and community-building, and to connect with others that are interested in these issues.
What’s the situation?
Over the past decade, we have seen a monumental shift in acceptance and equality for queer youth and adults, and we are encouraged by the more just world that queer people are creating for themselves. Yet we know that this march toward equality is not paying off in the same way for all queer people, and we know that acceptance is not found in all places and spaces. There is still work to be done, and we want you to be a part of this work with us!
As a faith community rooted in the Northwest Suburbs, we know that our commitment to being an Open and Affirming Church, where all are welcome, is just the first step in our work. For some people, bringing together faith and queer allyship seems impossible. But we are deeply concerned about the ongoing fight for equity and justice, the need for a better understanding of how race and gender and queerness influence a person’s lived experiences, and the ways in which religion has been used as a wedge to harm, rather than uplift, queer people and communities.
Who should attend?
Anyone and everyone interested in learning more about the queer community, how to become a better ally, or how faith communities can be a part of the movement. You do not need to be a member of our Church, or even any faith community. Being curious and willing to learn are the only requirements. The event is open to youth and adults, with a suggested audience of 13 and older.
Why should you attend?
-Hear from faith and community leaders about building allyship and community.
-Have a chance to ask questions of really passionate people doing really great work.
-Have an opportunity to meet and connect with others in the NW Suburbs interested in these issues.
-Did we mention free lunch?
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from speakers and one another, to share your own experiences and thoughts with others and to begin building your own community of allies and supporters that believe this issue is as important as you do. Hope to see you there!