Name: Wil Reinowski
Location: Lafayette, IN
Affiliated Congregation: Central Presbyterian Church
I think that spending time in prayer and fellowship in the company of like-minded individuals will deepen my relationship with God. Most of my seminary education is done electronically, so the camaraderie of this retreat is an excellent opportunity for me to further discern God's call on my life. Additionally, I find it very difficult especially as aspiring clergy to unplug completely from modern society and listen to God without distraction; this retreat should allow for that. I'm looking forward to mutually supporting fellow participants.
This April, I’ve been offered the amazing opportunity to attend Parity’s 2016 Emerging LGBTQ Pastors Retreat. It is an incredible chance to join other LGBTQ people pursuing ministry, and recently ordained pastors in fellowship, worship and training.
Parity’s retreat gives people like me the unique opportunity to reconcile their identity and faith, and share and learn from one another in a supportive and healing environment. Within the last two years, six LGBTQ pastors from Parity’s community have been ordained -- their past participation and attendance at previous retreats helped them gain the confidence and spiritual support they needed to live into their calling.
I know I will benefit greatly from having that same life-changing experience, and this is where you come in. The gift you make today will go directly to covering the costs of travel, housing, food and training expenses for me to attend the retreat. I am truly grateful for any amount you can donate. Anything I raise over my goal of $900 will go to help others like me reconcile identity and faith.
With deep appreciation,