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(Even though there is no cost for this event, registration will be required in advance in order for us to prepare space and hospitality.)
Location: Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa
This event is sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Reconciling in Christ Ministry Team.
Event Presenter: Austen Hartke
Austen Hartke is the author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, a book on theology and personal narratives published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2018. He is also the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which seeks to understand, interpret, and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. He has spoken at conferences all over the country, including events for The Reformation Project, Gender Spectrum, Wild Goose, Q Christian Fellowship, the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, and the Why Christian Conference. Currently Austen is a 2019 Bush Foundation Fellow, and is researching best practices for rural churches that are interested in becoming LGBTQIA+affirming.
Event Sessions & Schedule
(Please know that events are open to everyone, but some events are focused to a particular audience.)
Sept 23, Monday
6:30-8:00 p.m. Exploring Gender Diversity in Biblical and Modern Contexts
Sept 24, Tuesday Text Study for Lay and Rostered Leaders
10:00-11:30 a.m. The “Clobber Texts”
12:30-2:00 p.m. The “Affirming Texts”
2:30-3:30 p.m. LGBTQIA+ and Youth (For Cross+Gen Directors, Youth Directors & Youth/Family Pastors)
6:30-8:30 p.m. LGBTQIA+ and the Call Process (For Synod Staff, Synod Council, Interim Pastors, and all who are interested)