2016 Gay Christian Network Conference — Introduction

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Posted on December 14, 2015 by Marg Herder

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Index of GCN 2016 Conference Content on Christian Feminism Today

Introduction to the #GCNConf Series
Introduction to weconnect Featured Speaker Emmy Kegler
Interview with weconnect Featured Speaker Emmy Kegler
First Timer Reflections – Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD
First Timer Reflections – Sam Koster
First Timer Reflections – Bastian Bauman
First Timer Reflections – Kirsti Reeve

Several Christian Feminism Today members will be attending the 2016 Gay Christian Network conference, “What’s Next” in Houston, Texas. We attended the 2014 conference (in Chicago), and the 2015 conference (in Portland) and found both of them to be powerful events.  In Houston, over a thousand Christians who identify as either lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, intersex, queer, questioning, or supporting (allies) will be in attendance.

Read the 2014 conference coverage and interviews here.

Read the 2015 conference coverage and interviews here.

CFT again is partnering with GCN to present the weconnect Women’s Retreat, on January 7 from 12:30 – 5:30 pm.  The retreat happens immediately before the main conference events began. The CFT members attending the conference with me this year include:  Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, EEWC-CFT Executive Council Member; Susan Cottrell, FreedHearts Ministries; and members Criselda Marquez, Rev. Erica Lea, Kirsti Reeve, and Catherine Stremlau.

All events are to take place at the Hilton Americas Hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

This year’s GCN speakers will include: Allyson Robinson, Baptist preacher and national trans leader; Broderick Greer, Episcopal curate and social justice advocate; Misty Irons, nationally-acclaimed blogger and theologian; and Justin Lee, the Gay Christian Network Executive Director.

Three CFT members, Kirsti Reeve, Susan Cottrell and I will present a workshop, “After the Dust Settles: Healing Your Wounded Heart.” In this workshop we will explore the experience and awareness of spiritual trauma many (if not all) LGBTQ Christians must contend with.

Links:

Gay Christian Network Website
Conference Website

Social Media:

The hashtag is #GCNConf
Conference Twitter Feed Follow @gcnconf
Gay Christian Network Conference Facebook Page
Gay Christian Network Conference Instagram Page

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Marg Herder
Marg Herder is the Director of Public Information for EEWC-CFT, a Christian feminist organization working for gender (and LGBTQIA) justice in Christianity since 1974. She is the content manager and developer of the organization’s website, Christian Feminism Today. Marg identifies as a trans* lesbian writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. She works to draws attention to the ongoing violence directed at women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society, the desperate need for an understanding of God that includes the Divine Feminine, and Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence.

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