Welcoming/Affirming Training Seminar

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What to expect from this training?

The training has been designed specifically with congregations and their leaders in mind. We will explore topics which will help you to become a more effective leader in working with congregations on issues related to human sexuality and gender identity for the purpose of helping a congregation discern God’s call to become more welcoming and inclusive, particularly of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-spirit, & Queer/Questioning (LGBT2SQ) persons. Topics include:

  • Faith-based community organizing techniques
  • Congregational conflict theory and resolution
  • Managing change in congregations well
  • Effective strategies for helping congregations discern the call to be welcoming
  • Building relationships for change
  • Dealing with difficult conversations around biblical material, stereotypes,and other areas of concern
  • Opportunity to build relationships with others who share your concerns
  • Personal spiritual enrichment
  • Opportunity for growth and challenge
  • Intense few days of hard work, laughter, and fun

Who should come?

Anyone who is interested in seeing the Church (meaning denominations/faith communities) become more welcoming, supportive and inclusive of LGBT2SQ persons. This could include:

  • Lay leaders
  • Ordained leaders
  • Denominational or judicatory leaders
  • Members who care about these issues
  • Leaders and members in denominational lgbt groups

Training Staff

The Rev. Vicki Wunsch has worked in both non profit organizations and churches for the last 15 years. In addition to her position as an Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) trainer, she is a trainer with Family and Children’s Services in Minneapolis. In this position, Vicki works with schools, non profits and faith communities in helping communities support families and parents. Vicki’s experience has included facilitating a wide variety of workshops and trainings for churches. Topics have included “Building Strengths and Assets in our Church Family,” “Developing Family Prayer Practices,” “Faith Communities responding to Immigration,” “Creating and Implementing an Intergenerational Social Justice Program,” “All are Welcome: Building an Inclusive Church Community,” “Fostering Children’s Spiritual Development,” and “Celebrating Family Traditions.” Vicki received her Masters Degree in Training and Instructional Design from the University of Minnesota and focused her thesis on “Building Community through Education in our Faith Communities.” Vicki recently received her Masters of Divinity at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is also co-authoring a book entitled Reclaiming our History: Finding the Community in our Faith Communities.

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