Coming soon: Be Encouraged Fall 2016 Retreat

The Reconciling Committee of New England Annual Conference’s
Board of Church & Society is excited to sponsor

Be Encouraged: A Leadership Development Retreat
for GLBTQ inquirers & candidates for ordination
in The United Methodist Church

October 2016
Camp Aldersgate, Rhode Island


This retreat is designed to connect GLBTQ-identified candidates with a set of peers grappling with similar issues, develop strategies for coping with and overcoming discriminatory ordination rules, provide encouragement from out clergy, and expand tools for effectively managing pastoral and personal identities in a homophobic context.

Participants from the New England Annual Conference and beyond are invited to gather together for support, resourcing, and acquiring skills for navigating the candidacy process as a person who identifies as GLBTQ, including:

  • Naming strategies for discussing gender identity and/or sexual orientation with District Committees on Ministry and Boards of Ordained Ministry

  • Describing methods for identifying and responding to potential biases that arise in their ministry contexts

  • Articulating positive contributions to ministry made possible by their identity as someone who is GLBTQ and called to ordained ministry in The UMC

You are invited to learn more about the first retreat, read the retreat logistics, learn about the Be Encouraged project, or contact us with any questions.



About Becca Girrell

I'm an elder in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and on an exciting journey of faith and ministry. I've discovered that I'm most fulfilled when I am co-creating something, whether it's a blog, a church program, or a family. Welcome to a space where I share all things ministerial.

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