Gatherings

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

 

6:00 p.m. Gathering and Meal
6:30 p.m. Program

 

Speaker

Sheriff Leon Lott
Richland County, South Carolina
 

LGBT Liaison Program at the
Richland County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Lott will speak about the need, origins, and current status of the LGBT Liaison Program at the Richland County Sheriff's Department as well as diversity training and other innovative projects of the department. Questions and discussion will follow.

Incarnation Lutheran Church
3005 Devine Street at Sims Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205

The meal is $10, payable in cash at the door.
Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail message to Openings.Reservations@gmail.com.

 

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 

Speakers

Jennifer Tague
Director of Operations, SC Equality

Brian Lorimer
President, Columbia PrimeTimers

Dr. Peter Hobbie
Retired Professor of Christian Religion, Presbyterian College

 

Options and Challenges for GLBT Elders

Mrs. Tague discussed the Older Americans Act and gave an update on SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders). Mr. Lorimer spoke about the mission and activities of PrimeTimers. Dr. Hobbie shared information on local retirement options.

St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church

 

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 

Panel Discussion

World Faiths and Their Positions on GLBT Issues and Marriage Equality

The following panelists representing different world faiths discussed their faiths' positions on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and marriage equality:

Mrs. Arunima Sinha - Hinduism
Dr. Tomo Kawaguchi - Buddhism
Imam Omar Shaheed - Islam
Rabbi Jonathan Case - Judaism
Dr. Carl D. Evans - Moderator

Reformation Lutheran Church


 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 

Speaker

Jeff Ayers
Interim Pastor, Shandon Presbyterian Church

South Carolina Legislative Updates

Mr. Ayers presented information on the numerous anti-GLBT bills that have been filed in the South Carolina Legislature and what can be done to defeat them. Questions and discussion followed.

Washington Street United Methodist Church
 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 

Speakers

Dr. David Cozad
Interim Pastor, Shandon Presbyterian Church

Rev. Jane P. Mitcham
Retired Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 

Evolving Church Policies on Marriage

Dr. Cozad discussed the recent process that Shandon Presbyterian Church used to revise its marriage policies to include same gender couples. Rev. Mitcham spoke about her experience guiding local Lutheran churches who are also exploring their marriage policies.

Shandon Presbyterian Church
 

 

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