Marriage equality for LGBTQ+ people passed in 2015, there are over 1,339 reconciling communities and 43,136 reconciling individuals in the United Methodist Church, and the Mountain Sky Conference declared itself a Safe Harbor for LGBTQ+ Methodists and Clergy in response to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference decision. By the looks of it, we're already reconciling...so what else is there to do? The answer is: PLENTY. Many LGBTQ+ people are experiencing religious harm caused by their church communities, LGBTQ+ youth are still being kicked out of their homes and experiencing houselessness, and protections for transgender and gender nonconforming people are being threatened at both local and national levels. Whether we've already declared ourselves allies to LGBTQ+ people or we're just beginning, we all have plenty of work to do. Our language and understanding of LGBTQ+ identity changes with the seasons, and if we're unplugged from current realities, we're not able to minister to our siblings in the LGBTQ+ community appropriately. Join us for a vital conversation on how you can make small steps in your ministry and local congregations that will aid in the reconciling process between the church and the LGBTQ+ community. Courtney VonLindern, our Designer of NextGen & Inclusiveness Ministries will provide you with ready to use tools and insights to help guide your journey to LGBTQ+ Allyship in Action.
Courtney VonLindern is the Designer for NextGen and Inclusiveness Ministries. Courtney works with our young people, pastors, campus ministers, and camps of the Mountain Sky Conference to provide support, educate, and to engage in issues of inclusion, teen suicide, gender identity and sexual orientation. In addition, they work to provide supportive space for friends and family of LGBTQ+ youth.