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Salt Lake City Public Library

Feb. 27, 2015 —Over the past two years, Utah has become the surprising epicenter of discussions around non-discrimination, marriage equality and religious freedom. The ongoing conversation in the state is a driving force behind a symposium on March 7 designed to build bridges between disparate groups and to create inclusive and welcoming faith communities. The symposium, titled “Reimagining Inclusive Religious Spaces: Gender and Sexualities, ” will feature several presentations and discussions throughout the afternoon and evening. The event is free and open to the public.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

1:30 p.m. – Keynote address

Subversive Stories: Queering Scripture and the Power of Personal Narrative

Father Shay Kearns

Father Shay Kearns is a writer, speaker and theologian. He is the founding pastor of House of the Transfiguration in Minneapolis, as well as the co-founder of Queer Theology and founder of Uprising Theatre Company. He is an ordained priest in the Apostolic Catholic Church of America and is a well-known speaker on queer theology, transgender issues and the intersections of identity and faith.

2:15 p.m. – Q&A session

2:45 p.m. – Break

3 p.m. – Panel introduction presentation

Opportunities and Challenges of Creating Welcoming Congregations

Reverend Tara Wilkins

Reverend Tara Wilkins is the pastor of Bridgeport United Church of Christ and executive director of the Community of Welcoming Congregations in Oregon and southwest Washington. An activist for more than 25 years, her ministry includes working with LGBTQ people healing from religious wounds, leading high school summer camps and working with interfaith movements for social justice.

3:20 p.m. – Panel

Developing Inclusive Spaces in Sacred Places

Moderator:

— Margaret Toscano, University of Utah Department of Languages and Literature

Panelists:

— Sasha Luks-Morgan, Chavurah B’Yachad

— Rev. Tara Wilkins, Bridgeport United Church of Christ and Community of Welcoming Congregations

— Troy Williams, Equality Utah

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