Speaking

– SPEAKING –

Want to book Heidi or one of our LOVEboldly leaders to share with your church, community, or organization?  We have spoken at conferences, universities, churches, reconciliation events, and pastoral gatherings all over the country and are available to share with your group.  Our talks and trainings can be customized to meet the needs of your community or context.  Contact us for more information, references, consultation, pricing, availability, and more.

Some of the presentations we’ve offered in the past include:

  1. Welcoming the ‘Other’ – 60 minute presentation (with Q&A)
    How faith communities with a traditional mind on the Biblical sexual ethic can become hospitable to the LGBTQ community.
  2. Defeating Agendas – Training Seminar (weekend intensive)
    Equips faith communities with a traditional mind on the Biblical sexual ethic on how to become hospitable to the LGBTQ community without compromising deeply held convictions; practical tips and strategies will be introduced and practiced; topic will be explored theologically, sociologically, psychologically, and more. Format of training is negotiable but works best as a Friday evening and half-day on Saturday.
  3. Anti-Bullying Training – 3-8 hour format (in one day)
    GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) certified trainer will train you and your leadership team (educators, church leadership, youth pastors, etc.) on how to reduce bullying behaviors in your school, church, or youth group
  4. When They Come Out – 60 minute presentation
    Particularly useful for pastors and youth pastors, this presentation will address what to do when a friend, family member, or loved one comes out to you.

Special Note:
We have a non-directive approach to the teachings about the morality of same-sex sexual relationships.  We explain and clarify various perspectives in an attempt to help encourage empathy and compassion towards the ‘other’.  We tailor our programs and services to be contextually meaningful, respectful to varied perspectives (whether more traditional or progressive), and always willing to kindly challenge misunderstandings and stereotypes (whether of the LGBTQ community or the conservative faith community), so that all can feel welcome entering into the conversation.  No matter your perspective, you can count on us to present views, beliefs, and stories that may challenge your perspective and encourage growth of empathy and thoughtfulness in all of your work and ministry. Through all of our work, we continually emphasize the Christian call to extend hospitality and generosity towards one another, even those with whom we disagree.

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From Couch to Far Country

couch-to-countryI first told someone about my sexuality while sitting in a dorm room at a Christian college in Middle America. The couch on which we sat had seen better days—frayed along the edges of its arms and missing its feet so we had to sink quite low, almost to the ground, to finally meet the seat cushions.

I can’t remember why I chose that night to tell someone after 19 years of silence. Perhaps I felt particularly lonely or maybe my spirit was as low as that couch. I also can’t recall the words I used to share this secret part of me. I imagine they were halting and slightly evasive—just enough to set the scene, but not give away too much of the back story.

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