Number of weeks: 5
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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Many churches and church leaders are unsure of how to be inclusive of the LGBTQ community.
This course will enable church leadership to create children, youth, and family ministries that can fully love and embrace LGBTQ people.
Course materials will include short articles, videos, and class discussions. A Zoom component will be offered on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time but is not required. Participants will learn basic LGBTQ vocabulary, learn about the lived experiences of individuals, and discuss authentic challenges and rewards connected to inclusion.
This course will introduce learners to the Reconciling Ministries Network, which has been supporting LGBTQ persons in the church since 1984. According to their website, “over 30 years later, the Reconciling movement spans four continents, 1,000+ churches, and 40,000+ individuals.”
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Gwendolyn Glover DeRosa is director of children and youth education program at the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio. There she is responsible for Worship Connections for children, Godly Play Sunday School, and Youth Sunday School. She facilitates the Discipleship Program (grades 4 to 12) and assists with lesson planning and teaching confirmation classes. Gwen trains and organizes volunteers for the Sunday morning program for children and youth, while also assisting with Youth Group and Youth Annual Conference.
Gwen loves teaching, storytelling, and being creative. She graduated with a degree in creative writing and a minor in youth ministry from Oral Roberts University and earned her master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Ohio Dominican University. Gwen and her wife, Felicia, have been members of King Ave UMC since February 2015.