Name: Molly McGinnis
Location: Atlanta, GA
Affiliated Congregation: Central Atlanta
The Emerging Pastors Retreat is the best thing that I do to sustain my faith and my ministry. Being in community with other LGBTQ people of faith is absolutely life-giving in a way that is unique to this retreat. I always learn new things and am inspired to bring fresh ideas back home to my congregation. Through this retreat, I've found a fantastic group of friends and colleagues from all across the country. We learn, laugh, preach, cry, and even dance together. As a young adult in my first call, there isn't always as much extra money as I'd like. Your support can help keep this retreat alive!
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 $800 will go to help others like me reconcile identity and faith.
With deep appreciation,