Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca St., Sanctuary
If you are interested in learning about how you, individually, and our congregation, collectively, can support transgender (trans) and non-binary people and their loved ones, come join us for a day-long event of education and community building. With featured plenary speaker, Rev. M Barclay, a non-binary trans minister in The United Methodist Church, you’ll be invited to grow in understanding of what it means to be trans today, learn how the Christian faith can support people in their transitions, deepen your understanding of gender, and walk away with practical tools for celebrating people of all genders.
At this entry-level event, you are welcome if you don’t know what transgender means, if you’ve never met a trans person, or if you don’t know what gender has to do with God. All we ask is that participants bring an open heart and an open mind. Cost is $20 and lunch is provided. Please contact Pastor Cathy Stone with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10:00-11:15 a.m. – Trans 101 and Q & A
- 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – God, the church, and a trans empowering faith with Q & A
- 12:1 -1:15 p.m. – Lunch provided with optional table conversations (see subject matters below)
- 1:15-2:15 p.m. – Practices of welcome and solidarity and extended Q & A
- 2:15-3:00 p.m. – Optional small groups for community building
Table topics during lunch allow you to continue the conversation with those who are wondering or struggling with the same questions or realities. Topics include: parenting trans kids, practicing new pronouns, how transphobia works with other systems of oppression, starting the trans conversation in your church, supporting trans students in your local schools, trans and the bible. These conversations will be very loosely facilitated with a resource provided to help get the conversation going. Though hate speech will not be welcome in any realm of this event, questions are encouraged. Participants are invited to offer gracious and non-shaming assistance to those who are newest to the conversation, encouraging them in their learning, and participants who are invited to grow are asked to be open to help and correction. This is a shared journey we are on and we need each other.
While this day is oriented towards those who are just beginning in their journeys to deepen their understanding of gender and the trans community, online workshops will be available for important continued conversation. The work of supporting trans people goes hand in hand with addressing racism and sexism and classism. In the online workshops, we’ll dive more deeply into the ways our modern understanding of gender—specifically in the United States—has been shaped by a history of white supremacy and patriarchy. We’ll also offer further opportunities for diving into our faith through the lens and experiences of trans people. Registrants will receive an email after the event with more information about ways to continue learning together.
Attendance is capped at 250. If tickets remain, registration and checks made out to “enfleshed” will be accepted at the door.
Rev. M Barclay, Director of enfleshed, will facilitate the plenary events. M is bisexual, non-binary trans, and a deacon in The United Methodist Church. They have extensive experience in leading preaching, teaching, and facilitating workshops on matters of faith and justice, with a specialty in LGBTQ matters. They are passionate about the Holy, the Strange, and our collective calling to broaden and deepen our understanding of what it means to be human together. You can learn more about them at enfleshed.com.