Come join us at one of our monthly gatherings.

LGBT Liaison Program at the Richland County Sheriff's Department

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Incarnation Lutheran Church, Columbia

Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County, South Carolina

Sheriff Lott spoke about the needs, 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.

Options and Challenges for LGBTQ Elders

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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

Jennifer Tague, Director of Operations, SC Equality

Brian Lorimer, President, Columbia PrimeTimers

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

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.

World Faiths and Their Positions on LGBTQ Issues and Marriage Equality

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Reformation Lutheran Church, Columbia

Mrs. Arunima Sinha - Hinduism

Dr. Tomo Kawaguchi - Buddhism

Imam Omar Shaheed - Islam

Rabbi Jonathan Case - Judaism

Dr. Carl D. Evans - Moderator

The panelists discussed their faiths' positions on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and marriage equality.

South Carolina Legislative Updates

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Washington Street United Methodist Church

Jeff Ayers, Interim Pastor, Shandon Presbyterian Church

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

Evolving Church Policies on Marriage

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Shandon Presbyterian Church

Dr. David Cozad, Interim Pastor, Shandon Presbyterian Church

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

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.