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Meeting: Special Panel: Faith Communities and the Journey to Embrace LGBTQ People With Rev Frank Schaefer & Rev Mark Richardson

  • First United Methodis Church 305 East Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 United States (map)

Our special panel this evening will include two pastors working within the church for inclusion of the LGBTQ community. They will be joined by members of the LGBTQ community who have struggled with their faith in the coming out process. Faith communities have been the source of real pain and harm but they are also a source of healing, reconciliation and advocacy. What does it take to move from one to the other? What are the obstacles? What really changes hearts and minds? And how can we support those communities open to change as well as those already inclusive, toward greater awareness and advocacy? There will be time for sharing and support. 

Rev Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Pastor, was defrocked, then reinstated for performing the same sex marriage of his son, has three gay children and has become an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community – inside and outside his church. He is the author of “Defrocked: How a Father’s Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church.”

Rev Mark Richardson is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church Santa Barbara. Mark has been in pastoral ministry for thirty years.  Mark believes that the Church is to be an instrument of God's grace and peace in the community and has been instrumental in engaging his congregation in a conversation about the possibility of inclusion of the LGBTQ community.

Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do. We meet each month on the Second Monday at 7 pm.  First Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA

All are welcome, and we encourage new comers to join us.

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