In this workshop we will share how you can create a welcoming, loving and affirming space for LGBTQIA+ people in your church. Topics will include using inclusive language, not assuming gender, pronouns, what is okay to discuss (and what isn't), and some of the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ communities. Finally, we'll share tips & tricks to be more visible and active in the community so that our LGBTQIA+ siblings know how to find your church and that they would be embraced your parish.
Bren O'Conner, St. Paul's Cathedral, Detroit
DeWayne Trainer, St. Peter's, Saint Louis / Missioner for LGBTQIA+ Ministry & Engagement, Diocese Of Missouri
Bren O'Conner: After growing up outside Milwaukee and graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bren came to St. Louis in 2014 to volunteer in the Episcopal Service Corps. Later, she would serve as a diocesan missioner for LGBTQIA+ Ministry and Engagement, and as a facilitator for the biggest transfemme support group in Missouri. Bren currently lives in Detroit and is happy to serve in the choir of the Cathedral of St. Paul. She is currently exploring lay ministry options.
DeWayne Trainer: Grew up in Georgia and South Carolina and was raised in the Church of God church. While in college at Birmingham Southern College, he discovered the Episcopal Church singing in the choir at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, finding his true spiritual home. He has served the church in many ways, most recently appointed as the Missioner for LGBTQIA+ Ministry &Engagement, succeeding Bren after her move to Detroit. Professionally, he has been leading Edward Jones' LGBTQ+ and Allies Business Resource Group which has grown to nearly 1,400 members from across the US and Canada.