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Queer, by God.

And with faith, hope and love - for ALL

Amazing logo courtesy of Queer Virtue 

Amazing logo courtesy of Queer Virtue 

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Parity presents our next Be the Hope conference / retreat:

March 22-24, 2018
Chicago, Illinois 

Hosted by McCormick Theological Seminary and made possible
by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

 A conference / retreat to celebrate and share the gifts of LGBTQ people of faith


With special guest speakers the Rev. Elly Mendez Angulo, Pastor Rich Havard, Father Shannon Kearns, the Rev. Phiwa Langeni and our keynote speaker, the author, priest and political strategist the Rev. Elizabeth Edman.  

Parity invites seminarians, clergy, academics, LGBTQ people of faith, allies and the LGBTQ faith-curious to this conference (with optional retreat) that will:

Empower emerging and seated LGBTQ and allied faith leaders through provocative, cutting-edge instruction in contemporary faith issues;

Connect attendees with local and national leaders and faith-based organizations for collaboration, mutual support and LGBTQ faith community strengthening;

Highlight LGBTQ faith leaders and their work to instruct and inspire attendees with the latest visionary theories, discoveries and strategies.

Attendees may choose a conference-only option or a full retreat option.

Featured keynote by the Rev. Elizabeth Edman, author of Queer Virtue

Featured keynote by the
Rev. Elizabeth Edman, author of Queer Virtue

  • The conference-only option ($125) includes all workshops, plus Thursday evening refreshments, Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks, and Saturday breakfast and snacks.
     
  • The full retreat option ($400) includes all of the above as well as lodging, an individual meeting with a retreat leader, and special retreat activities on Thursday evening, Friday morning and evening, and Saturday morning, with optional mentoring and community support.

Parity helps attendees fundraise to cover the cost of attendance transportation. A limited number of scholarships also are available. Our goal is to support each and every person to attend our retreats and conferences --it wouldn't be the same without you!

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Testimonials

I graduated from seminary in 2012, but it’s only now that I’m reaching final assessment for ordination. Without Parity and the support I’ve gotten through its ministries, I doubt I would be where I am today: on the cusp of stepping into my call to pastoral care.
— M.J., Emerging LGBTQ Pastor
At the Parity retreat I met collaborators who rejoiced and imagined with me, who dared me to risk, to be courageous enough to make manifest my vision and call: “I dare you, jump.” The evening after the retreat, sitting at my kitchen table, I knew I already had.
— Mads, Emerging LGBTQ Pastor

Our Mission

 
 

Parity celebrates the spirituality, faith and religious expression of LGBTQ people. 

  • We empower new queer faith and social justice leaders

  • We help faith communities affirm and connect with queer people

  • We help LGBTQ organizations and communities to affirm spirituality

  • We promote LGBTQ religious liberty and freedom

 
 
 

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