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Elizabethton First Presbyterian will lead a workshop on LGBTQIA+
Posted 3:47 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022
The First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton and its More Light Committee, along with the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, are hosting a free workshop on Saturday, September 17 on how to better understand and be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people. LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual.
The event is open to any person or group interested in the topic, including church leaders and lay people of any faith. Workshop sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, located at 119 West F St., Elizabethton.
The workshop will be moderated by Reverend Brian Ellison, Executive Director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a national non-profit group that has played a leading role in breaking down barriers for LGBTQIA+ people within the Presbyterian Church. (United States). Notably, in 2011, after 33 years of debate, the denomination voted to approve the ordination of openly gay men and lesbians as ministers, elders and deacons. In 2015, the denomination also proclaimed that sex would no longer be a barrier to marriage. “Our desire in co-hosting this event, with our More Light committee, is to learn more about inclusivity and make the discussion accessible to other local groups who may also want to learn more,” said the Reverend Brian Wyatt, Minister to the First Presbyterian of Elizabethton. “This is an important question, and Reverend Ellison has practical insights and advice that will help achieve greater comfort and openness for all.”
The following day, Sunday, September 18, Reverend Ellison will preach during regular church worship, beginning at 11 a.m.; he will also moderate the adult forum at 9:45 a.m.
A graduate of Harvard University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Reverend Ellison has served as executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians since 2012. He previously served 13 years as a church pastor in the Kansas City area and is currently host and contributor for NPR Affiliate KCUR. He has served on several committees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is currently the declared clerk of the Synod of Central America.
During the sessions, Reverend Ellison will explore how the Presbyterian Church (USA) has historically dealt with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and what it does differently today. Further discussions will focus on specific acts of hospitality that can be done through words and deeds to strengthen congregations and common life for all. Reverend Ellison will also speak about the work of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and how congregations and individuals can engage in the work of the organization.
Workshop activities on September 17 are free, but you must register by going to fpcelizabethton.org and clicking on the appropriate link. The deadline for registration is September 14.