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Documentary Screening -- Southern Stories

Panel Presentation: The Process & Benefits of Becoming a Welcoming Congregation.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, Columbia


Jim Lane, Washington Street United Methodist Church, President of Reconciling Ministries Network of SC

Julia Prater, Reformation Lutheran Church. Reformation is a RIC congregation and Julia was on Church Council when this process was undertaken and approved

Carrie Rachel Dean, GLAAD, NY. Rachel is on staff at GLAAD and involved in the filming process for the documentary Southern Stories.

Reconciling Ministries Network is committed to the local church, especially helping communities go through a discernment process on how your congregation, Sunday School class, campus ministry, or other small group can be actively welcoming of all people.

ReconcilingWorks, initially named Lutherans Concerned for Gay People and subsequently Lutherans Concerned/North America, is an organization of laypeople, pastors, and congregations primarily from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), that is working for the full acceptance and inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions in the life of the Church. It is one of many LGBT-welcoming church movements to emerge in American Christianity in the late 20th century.

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 600 settings. Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational meetings. Hearing the experiences of LGBT people and their families often creates greater understanding and insights.

GLAAD is a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media. Before March 2013, the name "GLAAD" had been an acronym for "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation"

Putting Equality in Marriage: Stories from Gay Couples

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Reformation Lutheran Church, Columbia


Clayton King & Jeffrey Schwalk

Sheila Morris & Teresa Williams

Nell Orchseln & Lindsay Hawkins

The panel shared their stories on being a same-gender couple. What are the challenges and successes? How are gay couples similar to or different from straight couples? Can gay couples offer helpful advice for other couples? Decision-making? Finances? Roles? What are the differences and similarities with heterosexual couples?

Adoption for Same Sex Couples

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Columbia


Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon and his husband Patrick shared the story of adopting their three sons. FIRST NAME LAST NAME shared information about working with an adoption attorney and JANE DOE from the Department of Social Services shared information about the adoption process in the state of South Carolina.

Denominational Updates on LGBTQ Issues: Welcoming Congregations, Marriage, Ordination

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Washington Street United Methodist Church, Columbia


Methodist: Rev. Tom Summers and Dr. Jim Lane

Lutheran: Rev. Tim Bupp

Unitarian: Rev. Jennie Barrington

Episcopal: Rev. Tula Henson

The Intersection of Spirtituality & Sexuality

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Columbia


Dr. Lewis Bozard

Lewis Bozard, Ph.D., M.Div., NCC, LPC is a psychotherapist through his private practice, Peace Counseling & Wellness in Columbia. Prior to opening his Columbia practice in September 2016, he practiced for almost 5 years with Care & Counseling Center of Georgia in Atlanta. A significant segment of his therapy practice has been with bi and gay men (approximately one third of his clients in Atlanta). He also has been assistant and adjunct professor of counselor education at the University of West Georgia and Mercer University-Atlanta, respectively. Before specializing in counseling, Lewis served in pastoral ministry in Cooperative Baptist and United Methodist contexts, including associate pastor of Trenholm Road UMC. He is a native of St. Matthews, SC, and earned degrees from Furman University (B.A., Religion), Duke University (Master of Divinity), Mercer University (M.S., Community Counseling), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education).

Religious Freedom, or License to Discriminate?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

St. Martins-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, Columbia

Speaker: Susan Dunn, Legal Director, ACLU of South Carolina

Promoting and Supporting Social Justice Issues in 2017 - Part Two: The Political Perspective

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia


Jeff Ayers, Director, SC Equality

Susan Smith, SC Democratic Party

Promoting and Supporting Social Justice Issues in 2017 - Part One: The Religious Perspective

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Reformation Lutheran Church, Columbia


Rev. Tim Bupp

Tim Bupp talked about JUSTICE FOR ALL, a newly forming organization of faith groups convening to promote justice for all.