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Reformation Project Holds National Training Conference
By Taryn Deaton
The Reformation Project will hold its first regional training conference at the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., from November 6-8, 2014.
The conference will be a prime networking opportunity for all Christians who want to advance the dignity of LGBT people, especially Christians in non-affirming churches, denominations, or communities who seek to have more loving, fruitful and informed conversations with non-affirming friends and family members.
The goal of the conference is to provide training and resources on how to talk about the Bible and homosexuality with non-LGBT-affirming Christians. In addition, it will give LGBT-affirming Christians a chance to connect with like-minded people in their local areas who can support them as they seek to open up more constructive dialogue on LGBT issues in their faith communities.
To kick-off the Reformation Project, the organization invested resources in providing in-depth leadership training to 50 committed Christians who support the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the church. One of those “Reformers” was Dave Farmer, a member of Ravensworth Baptist Church in Annandale, Va., Farmer is now serving as the steering committee chair for the Washington, D.C., conference.
“I am so thankful to be part of an Alliance partner congregation where all are truly welcome,” Farmer said. “The Alliance is an amazing organization of dedicated Christians who live out their faith by working for LGBT inclusivity as well as in so many other areas where justice is sorely needed. Their support is very important to me in my work and I hope to see many Alliance members at the conference in November.”
The Reformation Project was founded in 2013 by Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. The Reformation Project’s goal is to build a Bible-based, grassroots movement to train, equip and empower Christians who want to change their churches from within.
To learn more about the conference and to register, visit www.reformationproject.org/dc_regional_conference. Registration is $149 through October 7 and $199 after that. Scholarships are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of volunteers will also be needed to help with the conference. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dave Farmer at email@example.com.