How Welcoming Are We?: Reflecting on the Journey Toward Inclusion, hosted by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
Saturday, August 13 | 9-11 a.m.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has made huge strides, as a matter of policy and intention, in its efforts to include LGBTQIA+ people in its life and leadership. So how are we doing? How is it going in congregations large and small in welcoming and affirming people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations? The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is celebrating 25 years working for justice and inclusion in the church. Executive Director Brian Ellison and Board Member Slats Toole will share reflections on the state of inclusion, considering scenarios and examples of where congregations are succeeding and struggling. They’ll answer questions, offer resources, and update the group on how CNP can support your congregation in this new day.
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. This event is free open to all. We will begin in the Kirk Parlour for doughnuts and coffee.
Sunday, August 14 | Assembly Room | 11:15 a.m.
Rev. Brian Ellison will lead an Adult Enrichment titled: So Much Work To Do: The Past and Present Journey of LGBTQIA+ People in the Church. Brian will also preach at 10 a.m. as a part of our There is Hope: A Celebration Year of Preaching and Music.
Rev. Brian Ellison has served since 2012 as executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a national organization engaging, educating, and equipping congregations and councils toward an equity not yet fully realized for LGBTQIA+ people in church and society. He is also Stated Clerk of the Synod of Mid-America and a host/contributor at KCUR, NPR in Kansas City. Brian was previously pastor of a congregation in the Kansas City area for 13 years, where he still lives with his partner, Troy, and their dog daughter, Willoughby.