We invite you to attend this event, sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Reconciling in Christ Ministry Team. Our focus is to help congregations and individuals explore how we can better understand, support, and minister with our LGBTQIA+ siblings.
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.
“One People of God: Events for Strengthening Our Walk With Our LGBTQIA+ Siblings” is open to everyone. Please note that some sessions are focused on a particular audience. You may choose to attend all sessions, a single session, or a combination of sessions.
Lunch will be provided on September 24 or you may select the option to bring your own lunch.
Sept 23, Monday
- 6:30pm to 8:00 pm. – Exploring Gender Diversity in Biblical and Modern Contexts
Sept 24, Tuesday
- 10am to 2pm – The “Clobber Texts” & The “Affirming Texts” includes a one hour lunch break from 11:30 – 12:30pm Text Study for Lay and Rostered Leaders
- 2:30pm -3:30pm – LGBTQIA+ and Youth For Cross+Gen Directors, Youth Directors & Youth/Family Pastors
- 6:30pm to 8:30pm LGBTQIA+ and the Call Process For Synod Staff, Synod Council, Interim Pastors, and all who are interested