A safe retreat for parents who want to understand their LGBTQIA children’s experience, build a strong community, and feel empowered to connect to their children.
As a Christian parent, when your child comes out as LGBTQIA, you face unique challenges. Where do you find support if your church won’t talk about it, your faith community rejects your child, and your own beliefs are now in question? The exponential growth of the parent presence at the annual Q Christian Conference speaks to the need that parents feel for support, resources, education, and a chance to share their stories with other parents in similar situations.
The second annual Q Christian Parents’ Retreat focuses on meeting those needs. Parents will have an opportunity to connect with other parents, to listen and be heard, to choose from breakouts providing education and resources, and to join in worship with other parents of LGBTQIA children. No matter what questions you have or where you are on this journey, you will be welcome here!
Open and welcoming of all parents or parental figures of LGBTQIA children.
Your registration includes your retreat ticket, materials, and most meals.
Register together and save! Parent couples that register together for the retreat can save $10 per ticket by using promo code 'SAVE10'. Only valid when registering both attendees on the same order. Register by April 30.
Single parents of LGBTQIA children can also save $10 when registering. Use promo code 'PARENT' for the discounted rate. Register by April 30.
This year’s retreat will take place at Missiongathering Church in San Diego, CA.
Missiongathering San Diego
3090 Polk Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
Hotel accommodations are being finalized, and will be announced soon!
|6:30 PM – 9 PM||Opening remarks, worship, and reception|
|9 AM – 11 AM||General Session|
|11:30 AM – 12:45 PM||Lunch|
|1 PM – 2:30 PM||Breakout Session A|
|2:45 PM – 4:15 PM||Breakout Session B|
|4:15 PM – 5:30 PM||Free Time|
|7:30 PM||Evening Panel|
|9 AM||Worship Service and Closing Remarks|
Susan, the prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQIA children, was featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America, on NBC News Out, on The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day videos, on The Advocate’s Out in Left Field with Dana Goldberg, and as a devotional contributor on the Our Bible app. She is an international speaker, author and consultant. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQIA community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. She challenges Christians to love as the foundation of faith.
Susan spent 25 years in the non-affirming Evangelical church, is the Founder and President of FreedHearts, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; Radically Included - The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion; and the soon-to-be-released My Coffee with the Pastor: Building the Vision for Lavish Christlike Inclusion, are endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and many others. She and her husband Rob have been married for 30 years, have five children - two of whom are in the LGBTQIA community - and live in Austin, Texas.
As a young boy, Isaac often felt odd, like a broken boy. After years of being teased within his religious and academic environment, Isaac started to hate himself. Growing up in a religious home filled him with both hope and deeply entrenched shame. After surveying his religious beliefs and sexuality, Isaac found a resting spot that felt holistically authentic. He has since spent his life’s work addressing the reconciliation between sexuality, gender, relationships, and spirituality. Isaac has spent time as a seminary professor and now owns a counseling practice devoted to the LGBTQIA community and their religious families, specifically to help those navigating the road he’s journeyed.
Isaac’s work focuses precisely on our relational repair – whether that be establishing wholeness within one’s relationship with their self, another, or God. Isaac has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is invited to speak at conferences, churches, and forums across the nation, contributes to The Huffington Post, and hosts weekend seminars for couples, individuals, and religious parents of children in the LGBTQIA community. He has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and comes to Q Christian with a wealth of knowledge.