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Saturday Service: November 14

Overview

OutChristian is launching a new online event series to promote community, fellowship, and personal/spiritual development for LGBTQ Christians and allies. This first installment of the Saturday Services will focus on how the LGBTQ faith community has endured through the challenges of 2020, and how we’ve sought out community and connection from a distance. While the pandemic has forced cancellation of events, church services, schools, and more, we still find opportunities to nourish our faith and our social well-being. Join us in exploring how we endure challenging times and bridge the social distance to find connections and hope.

The November program will feature praise and worship, guest speakers, community dialogue, and a special group viewing of the Netflix documentary, A Secret Love.

Registration is free. For questions, feel free to contact us.

Agenda:

  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Session 1
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm | Break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm | Session 2
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm | Netflix Movie Viewing: "A Secret Love"

*All times listed Eastern (EST)

How To Participate:

Saturday Service will take place via Zoom Webinar. Connection details will be emailed out to registered participants the week of the event.

Register for your free ticket using the form at the bottom of the page. We’ll send you the access information for how to join the broadcast the week of Nov 14.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to us.

Cost:

Registration is completely free! We only ask you consider making a donation to OutChristian to support this program.

Program Features

Rev. Kevin Kim Wright is an ordained United Methodist Minister but that’s probably the least interesting thing about him. He is a notable sci-fi geek, mediocre runner, and the proud holder of a motorcycle license. Kevin has spent over a decade serving local congregations and working in non-profit spaces. He’s currently the Chief Program Officer at Urban Arts Partnership, an organization that helps underserved students achieve their college and career goals. Kevin lives in New York City with his husband, Vinh. 

Schedule: Session 1 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm

With 20 years in ministry, quick wit and practical wisdom, Rev. Charity Goodwin is a dynamic pastor, coach and speaker. She’s a frequent keynote and breakout-session speaker on leadership as well as spiritual, personal, and emotional wellness. 

She is a graduate of  the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO where she received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She completed seminary  in 2005 at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. Rev. Goodwin was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2013.  She’s the Clayton Site Pastor at The Gathering in St. Louis, MO, which is her hometown.

Further, Charity strengthens her ministry with certifications in Emotional Intelligence from Six Seconds as well as the research of Dr. Brené Brown. She started Speaking Life Leadership and Empowerment Coaching to respond to the demand for her gift of speaking. She describes it as “speaking from the heart and hardcore places.”  Charity reaches, shakes and inspires listeners so that they make aligned and courageous leadership decisions while cultivating emotionally healthier relationships with themselves, families, and colleagues. 

Her first book GET UP: Unearthing your Passion and Taking Brave Action in 50 Days was released in March 2020. It’s a devotional journal. 

She is mom of two boys Levi Nicolas, 7 years old,  who’s the ham in the fam and Gabriel Jicotea (pronounced he-co-tay-ah), who’s the budding engineer or audio tech. Parenting her son Gabriel, 9 years old, who has autism, shapes and textures her voice with an empathy and realness that cannot be manufactured.

She loves to dance, listen to podcasts, and read non-fiction.

Schedule: Session 2 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

Schedule: Session 1 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm

This community panel explores the impacts of the epidemic in finding community and spiritual fulfillment, and the various ways people have overcome the distance and isolation to connect with one another. These real life stories will not only focus on the struggles many of us have faced, but how people are able to still seek out and find (or provide) support and love in  challenging times.

Moderated by: Steve Rice
Schedule: Session 1 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Joshua Stokes is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio, with a particular focus on treating spiritual trauma in LGBTQIA+ individuals. He received his bachelor’s in psychology at The Ohio State University and his master’s in counseling from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He has worked in both private practice as well as community mental health, and currently works in a private practice in Columbus, Ohio.

Originally from upstate NY, Josh grew up Christian, but did not join a church until the beginning of college. His subsequent experience of coming out as gay and facing difficulty through that process began a journey that ended with his interest in helping others who have had to endure a similar path. During and after his time in seminary, Josh presented on the relationship between Christianity and counseling in both religious and secular contexts, particularly on how the two fields can inform each other.

Presented by: Joshua Stokes
Schedule: Session 2 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Steven Michael Carr is the Director of Development for Mattingly Edge, a Louisville-based nonprofit that partners with Kentuckians with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive in the areas of work, home, and relationships. He is an active member of his local storytelling scene, a Dad to two spoiled pitbull mixes, and one half of the first couple to get married in a Baptist church in Kentucky.

Presented by: Steven Michael Carr
Schedule: Session 2 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

From producer Ryan Murphy and executive producer Jason Blum, this documentary explores the story of Pat Henschel and pro-baseball player Terry Donahue, and their 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice. 

*This viewing hosted using TeleParty (formerly Netflix Party). Netflix subscription and Google Chrome browser required to join group viewing. 

Schedule: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Register

Registration is free! Simply complete the form below to sign up for the November 14 Saturday Service. Details on accessing the livestream will be emailed to you the week of the event.

While you’re here…

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