A Ministry of Hospitality & Compassion: Supporting the LGBTQ Community Within Your Congregation
This program is both a retreat and a workshop, designed to provide ministers and lay leaders of Christian congregations an opportunity to pray, dialogue about their desire to authentically support, and to minister to the LGBTQ members within their faith communities. Throughout the day together, participants will engage in various exercises that foster a deepened awareness and sensitivity for the diversity of others. They will also learn practical ways of reaching out to them. Scripture that reinforces and sustains compassionate care of LGBTQ individuals and their families will be utilized as a means of assisting participants in developing a language of inclusion and hospitality. The program will conclude with a prayer service that celebrates the mission of this retreat and workshop. Please bring a journal to accompany you. The day will include lunch. Guided by Gordon Creamer.
Gordon Creamer earned his MA in Spiritual & Pastoral Care from Loyola University. He has been involved in programming and operations in healthcare since 2001 at various Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Hospice communities. Gordon has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops that focus on creating opportunities for participants to explore and enhance their spirituality and well-being through various media. Enhancing the journey of adults, individuals with memory impairment and members of the LGBTQ community is a passion for him. In the last several years, he has fostered support groups and programs for caregivers and those who are grieving losses. Gordon is also a certified spiritual director, who welcomes all in discovering the spiritual life as a means of healing, growing and thriving.