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Evangelical Tumult and the LGBTQ Community
Build the Future
Paula S Williams, D. Min., RLT Pathways, Inc.
Workshop Block 2: Saturday, October 21 - 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
As the 2016 election informed us, evangelicals have tremendous political power in some parts of our nation, and they are frightened of the LGBTQ community. Why? This workshop will address issues relevant to PFLAG members and chapters as we learn to better communicate with evangelical churches. What language do we use? What changes can we expect and how do we bring them about? Over 50 percent of LGBTQ individuals identify with a specific religion, and 48 percent identify as Christian. Creating healthy, welcoming, contemporary-style churches has become a priority among post evangelicals. We will talk about the progress being made in forming healthy growing communities of faith in which LGBTQ people can enjoy full membership.
Rev. Dr. Paula Williams was the CEO of a large church planting organization, a megachurch preaching pastor, a magazine editor and a seminary instructor. All ended when she transitioned from Paul to Paula. After 35 years in New York, Paula moved to Denver, Colorado, where she currently serves as a pastoral counselor, coach and church consultant. She works with OPEN, a network of progressive evangelicals, coaches with the Center for Progressive Renewal, and directs the Church Planting team at Highlands Church in Denver. Paula also serves on the board of the Gay Christian Network and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. For more information visit paulastonewilliams.com.