First United Methodist Church of Boulder, with co-sponsors Boulder County PFLAG and Out Boulder, is thrilled to welcome Jay Michaelson, LGBTQ activist and author of God vs. Gay? The Case for Religious Equality for a workshop on Saturday, March 9th and as guest preacher for FUMC’s Reconciling Sunday service featuring Resonance Chorus on March 10th.
Jay Michaelson is the author of three books and numerous articles about the intersections of religion, sexuality, and law. A leading activist on behalf of LGBT people in faith communities, Michaelson and his work have been featured in the New York Times and on NPR and CNN. He is the founder of Nehirim, the leading national provider of community programming for LGBT Jews and their allies and lives in upstate New York. Michaelson draws on his Jewish tradition, his recent work on same-sex marriage campaigns in Maryland and Michigan, and the vast research he undertook in writing his book, to bring together all of the major taboo subjects – sex, politics and religion – in a way that enriches our understanding of equality on multiple levels.
The March 9th workshop will address many of the frustrations experienced by the LGBTQ community and their allies when engaged in conversations with people on the other side of the LGBTQ equality issue and who wish to move the discussion to a deeper level. With topics like, How to Have More Productive Conversations, Even With Mean People and What Does Sexual Diversity Teach Us About Spirituality, the workshop promises to stimulate minds and spirits in a way that equip participants to carry on the campaign for social justice.
Becca Tice, chair of FUMC Boulder’s Affirming and Welcoming committee, which has organized the weekend, says this about the workshop – “With debate over civil unions in Colorado, a marriage equality case in the Supreme Court, public school policies for transgender individuals, and church doctrine within various denominations, opportunities have never been more ripe for LGBTQ justice. Whether we simply desire better communication with our own friends and family or we hope to speak up for wider social change, now is the time to invest in meaningful conversations. Who wouldn’t like to learn how to do that better?”
On Sunday March 10th at 10:30 am, Michaelson will speak on Why ‘Gay Rights’ is a Spiritual Opportunity for Straight People, Gay People and Everyone in Between. His talk will be accompanied by the inspiring sounds of the Resonance Chorus (led by director Sue Coffee). Before worship at 9:00 am, Michaelson will speak informally at FUMC Boulder’s Adult Forum. Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun, has commented, “Michaelson shows that ‘God versus gay’ is a myth and that the overwhelming majority of our shared religious values favor equality for LGBT people.”
All events are free and all are welcome. To find out more and register for the workshop, visit www.fumcboulder.org.