Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Coming Out and Keeping the Faith - April 3!


From the Press Release:
 
"An evening of dialogue titled "Coming Out and Keeping the Faith" will be presented by the local faith coalition, LGBTQ Welcoming Communities of Faith ("Welcoming Faiths") on Wednesday, April 3, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill campus. 
 
"The mission of the Welcoming Faiths coalition is to promote equality and inclusiveness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer individuals and families, and to reach out and assist those seeking a spiritual home. The lay-led group has been active since 2011 and includes 10 member congregations in the Merrimack Valley, representing the Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Methodist and Jewish denominations.
 
"Since religion is the main reason cited when family members reject their relatives who 'come out', the focus of the program will be on how faith can help people respond in a positive rather than negative way, building bridges to greater understanding. A panel of youth and clergy of various denominations will participate in the discussion.
 
"The free event is co-sponsored by the Gay/Straight Alliance of Northern Essex Community College and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Greater Boston. The Haverhill campus of NECC is located at 100 Elliott St."