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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Where Our True Value Lies

The other day I was on Twitter and saw a tweet come across my timeline that polled followers’ responses to the following question: “If you are LGBT and your pastor isn’t willing to speak out against homophobia, do you think they value you? Feel free to share why.” And it got me thinking, “do I?”

This is a struggle that LGBT+ Christians have to constantly confront, among others. In a time where the battle against homophobia — both on a social level and religious level — is alive and well (especially in America after its most recent election), do we feel welcomed at a place that doesn’t vocally speak out against the voices that put us down? Do we feel valued by a local community that sits idly by while we get mocked and torn down?

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