Join us to learn about the experiences and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people who are fleeing from political persecution and violence in their home countries and are resettling in the United States.
Allies play a powerful role in changing attitudes toward LGBTQ+ individuals. They help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect. What compels someone who doesn’t identify as LGBTQ+ to become a supporter of the community? This month we’ll hear personal stories from a panel of local allies that includes parents, friends, a pastor and a social worker.
This month, join us as to learn about the Midlands Men’s Chorus! The MMC is a performance oriented community singing group providing members and audiences with musically rewarding experiences.
The MMC provides members opportunities to explore and expand individual talents, musicianship and performance skills. The MMC works to advance the acceptance of and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community.
Tuesday, June 25
6:00pm Dinner / 6:30pm Program
Virginia Wingard UMC
1500 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Many of us have gratefully experienced a chaplain’s ministry in a hospital, hospice, college or military setting. Have you ever wondered what else chaplains do? How do their roles differ from the responsibilities of church-based clergy? When do chaplains minister to LGBTQ+ individuals and what are their challenges? To answer these questions and more, Openings welcomes Chaplain Jo Ann Mann and Chaplain Glenn Palmer to our April meeting.
Stories I Can't Tell in Church: My Life as a Straight White Male Baptist Minister Ally of the LGBTQ Community
We’re excited to welcome Jim Dant back to the Midlands after a successful visit last November. This time, Jim brings his comedy routine titled, “Stories I Can’t Tell in Church” to Reformation Lutheran! Tickets are $20 and can be bought on-line or at the door!
Jeff Ayers, Executive Director of SC Equality, will present our 2019 Legislative Update. He will bring to us the latest information regarding LGBTQ issues and related bills before the SC legislature this upcoming year. Following his presentation, there will be time for questions and answers, and discussion.