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
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