Ohio Symposium 2014


First Congregational Church
444 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH
February 7-9, 2014

All workshops presentations free of charge. 

Lunches and dinners $10 catered by The Community Table of Trinity Episcopal Church

If you want to order dinner for Friday night, February 7 or lunch on Saturday February 8,

Please go to this link  www.freshfoodcatering.com  and choose the downtown location, and order for delivery to First Congregational Church. 

Ask for delivery for dinner at 5:00 PM and lunch by 12:00 PM. Put the name “First Congregational Church” in the notes section provided.

You are invited to a special weekend that promises to be transformational for you and your family, workplace, congregation, and community. Soulforce will offer training, perspective, and thought-provoking conversation about LGBTQ issues and faith, as well as social, economic, and racial justice. As always, this weekend will offer opportunities for growth in Soulforce’s unparalleled technique of addressing difficult issues and bringing about reconciliation through nonviolent action.


Dr. William A. Kondrath, William Lawrence Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Theological Field Education at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. A leading figure in addressing layers of identity in the process of pastoral care, Dr. Kondrath is President of the Academy of Religious Leadership and author of God’s Tapestry:  Understanding and Celebrating Differences, Liberating Leadership: Practical Styles for Pastoral Ministry and Facing Feelings in Faith Communities



Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion Berkeley, California. Rev. Stringfellow is the Facilitator of the Umoja Project, which brings about safe, non-threatening dialogue about the diversity of human sexuality and the tensions that sometimes exist within African-American communities in relation to LGBTQ individuals. 




Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, outgoing Executive Director of Soulforce, recently-appointed Executive Director of ACPA-College Student Educators International, author of Would Jesus Discriminate? The 21st Century Question. 




Haven Herrin, newly-appointed Acting Director of Soulforce, founding co-director of the Equality Ride, recently returned from Global Interfaith Network on Sexual and Gender Diversity in South Africa.




Special Guest: Rev. Dr. Mel White, Co-Founder of Soulforce, preaching at First Congregational Church worship service at 11 AM on Sunday, February 9.



   Friday, February 7, 2014

 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Registration - Gathering Together through the Arts & Activism.  Light snacks will be served.

   Saturday, February 8, 2014

8:30-9 am - Registration
9am to 9:30 am - Welcome & Introductions
9:30 am-12:30 pm - Dr. William A. Kondrath, Presenter
12:30pm -1:30pm -Understanding the legislative landscape: with Shawn Copeland from Equality Ohio. 
Box Lunch from the Community Table. Lunches are provided by the  Trinity Street Ministry of the Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square for $10 each. Trinity joins 40 other congregations in the Columbus metropolitan area that covenant in B.R.E.A.D.  Building Responsibility Equality and Dignity to advocate for systematic changes in our community which will improve the quality of life for its most vulnerable members.

1:30-4:30pm  - Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Presenter
4:45-6:30pm -Presentation on Transgender Justice by Kathleen Campisano of the Task Force,  Acting Executive Director Haven Herrin & Esmé Rodríguez of The Justice Relay
6:30-9pm – Dinner from the Community Table; Spoken Word Performance & Film

   Sunday, February 9, 2014

11:00am  - Worship with First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 444 East Broad Street, Columbus Ohio, 43215. Hosted by Rev. Tim Ahrens. Soulforce co-founder Rev. Mel White will be preaching and a special offering will be taken to benefit Soulforce programs around the world.

12:00pm – Fellowship Coffee with the Congregation
1:15-2:15pm  – Box Lunch from the Community Table & Closing Exercise

Contact Richard Lindsay at richard@soulforce.org for more information.

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