In summer of 2022, lay and ordained leaders from the Diocese discerned that while we are vocal in our support of LGBTQ+ youth, we were not actively engaging or supporting this community in tangible ways. The Divine program grew out of that desire.
This formation program offers LGBTQ+ youth and their caregivers opportunities to receive support, build relationships, and explore Christian faith in an inclusive and affirming atmosphere. Participants in the Divine program are empowered to see themselves as made in God's image, and are wrapped around with spiritual and social support. Their families are provided access to resources and relationships that help them to better advocate for their children, especially as related to the intersection of gender, sexuality, and religion.
In this workshop, participants will have opportunities to explore the Divine curriculum. They will be able to hear the inside scoop from the Divine leaders about what worked, what didn't work, and what new insights the program generated. This workshop will be "hands on" and will also provide space for participants to think about how to leverage the unique assets of their parishes/dioceses to support LGBTQ+ youth and their families.
Olivia Hamilton, Calvary Episcopal Church, Divine Program, Southern Ohio