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February Program: Full Membership for LGBTQ in the Evangelical Church?

paulaPresenter: Dr. Paula Williams

Sunday, February 14th, 3:00pm
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 506 Appia Way, Louisville, CO.

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America’s Evangelical churches have shown inconsistency in how they respond to the transgender community. Drawing on workshops she presented at the PFLAG National Convention and at the Gay Christian Network national conference, Rev. Dr. Paula Williams will explain the current Evangelical landscape as it relates to LGBTQ issues. She will allow plenty of time for questions, and strategizing an approach to Evangelical churches.

Dr. Paula Williams was the CEO of one of America’s largest church planting organizations, a preaching pastor at two megachurches, a magazine editor, and a seminary instructor. After 35 years in New York, Paula moved to Lyons, Colorado, where she currently serves as a pastoral counselor and church consultant. Paula has three grown children and five granddaughters.

Important Note: A confidential support group for both PFLAG and TYES meets an hour before the program, from 2-3 p.m.

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January Event: Straight Spouses

Sunday, January 10th, 3:00pmcarol
First United Methodist Church, 350 11th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501.

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When Carol Grever’s husband came out in 1991, she came to Boulder PFLAG for support and information. At the time, few books or resources addressed the issues of mixed-orientation marriages; little was known about it. Under PFLAG’s auspices, chapter president Jean Hodges helped form the city’s first Straight Spouse Network support group to help Carol and other straight spouses who came forward.

Since then, Carol has become a recognized authority on this complicated issue. Her books and documentary inform and empower straight spouses and their families. She also maintains a blog, http://www.straightspouseconnection.com/, that has received well over 100,000 hits, and also does peer counseling locally. Carol will give the PFLAG program on January 10, speaking on straight spouse stages of recovery and personal lessons from her own experience.

Carol Grever is a writer and recognized spokesperson on straight spouse recovery. She has published two books and produced a documentary about mixed-orientation relationships. She’s been interviewed on radio shows on three continents and has appeared on network television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, and The Early Show. Her latest book is a collection of poetry, Glimpses, that effectively depicts an evolving life. She is also a physical fitness enthusiast and is a long-time volunteer instructor at the Mapleton Y.

Important Note: A confidential support group for both PFLAG and TYES meets an hour before the program, from 2-3 p.m.

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2015 PFLAG National Convention — Report by Jean Hodges, PFLAG National President

October 16-18, 2015, was the time when some nearly 400 persons from 37 states and 4 foreign countries convened in Nashville to be the Gathered PFLAG Family.

What was our purpose in being together? To be inspired by outstanding speakers, to renew old friendships and network with new friends, to challenge ourselves to maintain relevance for an unknown future; and to gain skills and increase understandings to take back home to strengthen our home chapters.

As National President, my work began on Thursday with a full-day meeting with the Regional Directors Council to hear about challenges and accomplishments happening across the country in our 400 chapters. Thirty-some new chapters formed this year in spite of our national Marriage Equality victory in June. They are emerging in conservative, often rural towns where it once felt too dangerous to be PFLAG. I find that exciting and encouraging to know that PFLAG’s work is far from over.

On Friday after immersion in a packed agenda of National Board business in the morning, over 200 of us, including board members plus early convention arrivals and local PFLAGers, spent the afternoon doing community service for several non-profits—an animal shelter, a high-risk youth center and a huge food warehouse distributing food to the needy in and around Nashville. I helped to sort and load frozen meat in a huge cooler until my fingers were numb. I rewarded myself taking Friday night off to enjoy the Grand Ol’ Oprey with Colorado and New Mexico PFLAG friends.

The Convention itself opened on Saturday morning with the annual General Membership meeting where reports to the membership from the National Board and Staff. The Rebranding initiative did not provide the new tagline we all hoped for since we no longer can just say what PFLAG stands for as our descriptor of what PFLAG is. How can we talk about how inclusive we are in just a few words? What we were asked to practice to start a conversation about PFLAG is this “elevator speech”. Try it!

“PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. We’re made up of LGBTQ individuals, family members, friends and allies. Because together, we’re stronger.”

Major convention offerings were two plenaries, 46 workshops which culminated in an Award Luncheon where there were chapters awards, the Starr Award for outstanding and enduring service, and the Betty DeGeneris Advocate Award which went to Caitlin Jenner’s mother, Esther, who at 89 was unable to attend. Her daughter Pam Mettler accepted the award and shared with us that she kept her brother Bruce’s secret for 30 years.

Workshops were organized in topical streams: racism, diversity and inclusion; safe schools and youth safety; skill building for chapter leaders including tools and tips in fundraising, sharing your story; faith community outreach and religious liberty issues; transgender basics and outreach to families with gender expansive children; and one special general presentation by four us representing different stages of PFLAG leadership from local to national. We each shared our own stories of our personal journeys into various levels of leadership and the benefits we have experienced.

Overall, it was a packed agenda in a venue that allowed for us to interact informally and also in workshop discussions. We all left on a high note, accepting the challenge “to be the change we want to see”, having achieved our goals of learning, networking and renewed passion to continue the work of PFLAG locally.

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Pictures from PFLAG/TYES Annual Holiday Potluck

Here are some pics from our 2015 Holiday Potluck and Variety Show!

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PFLAG/TYES Annual Holiday Potluck

happy_holiday_signSunday, December 13th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302.

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Join us for food, fun, and a variety show during our annual winter holiday banquet! This year, we are planning a “taco bar” theme – feel free to bring a side or something to go on tacos.

We are seeking participants for the variety show! We are looking for any and all family friendly talent – open to all ages – (be creative – do you sing? dance? read poetry? do magic tricks? play an instrument? hula hoop pro?) Please contact Erik Kluzek at erik@ucar.edu if you want to be in the variety show!

There will be a craft table for younger children! Bring a side or something to go on tacos. Please let us know if you have any questions. See you there!

Important Note: We will not have our regular support group for PFLAG/TYES. If you do need support that day, please contact us to possibly set up an informal support meeting on a case-by-case basis.

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A Place in the Middle

A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is the true story of a young Hawaiian girl who dreams of leading her school’s all-male hula troupe, and of an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her. Find out more, download free guides and resources, and take the Pledge of Aloha at the project website, aplaceinthemiddle.org

Watch the entire documentary by clicking on the video below:

A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE from A Place in the Middle on Vimeo.

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