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Parents' Retreat


  • Missiongathering Church 3090 Polk Ave San Diego, California (map)
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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.


Registration

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.

Venue

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

Hotel accommodations are being finalized, and will be announced soon!

 

Schedule

Friday

6:30 PM – 9 PM Opening remarks, worship, and reception

Saturday


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
5:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Evening Panel

Sunday

9 AM Worship Service and Closing Remarks


Breakout Sessions

  Understanding Scripture   Danny Cortez   Some people use Scripture to condemn LGBTQ+ relationships and others see Scripture as blessing those same relationships. Are we reading a different Bible or are we coming to Scripture through a different hermeneutical lens? This session will look at the underlying reasons for the different interpretations. Afterwards, I will give some reasons why I believe God affirms same sex relationships and gender identities.  

Understanding Scripture
Danny Cortez

Some people use Scripture to condemn LGBTQ+ relationships and others see Scripture as blessing those same relationships. Are we reading a different Bible or are we coming to Scripture through a different hermeneutical lens? This session will look at the underlying reasons for the different interpretations. Afterwards, I will give some reasons why I believe God affirms same sex relationships and gender identities.
 

  Everyday Allies   Kim Dent   What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Ally’?  Do you envision brick walls or bridges—picket lines or picnic tables? Let’s talk about it!   Join former Women’s Ministry Director and Side B Mom Kim Dent as she shares ways we all can live as everyday allies for our LGBTQ friends and family regardless of where we find ourselves on the faith continuum between conservative and liberal.

Everyday Allies
Kim Dent

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Ally’?  Do you envision brick walls or bridges—picket lines or picnic tables? Let’s talk about it! 

Join former Women’s Ministry Director and Side B Mom Kim Dent as she shares ways we all can live as everyday allies for our LGBTQ friends and family regardless of where we find ourselves on the faith continuum between conservative and liberal.

  When Your Child Comes Out Transgender: Exploring Gender Identity    Ruth Roberts   When did you know you were a boy or a girl?  Did you ever question or doubt your gender? Most of us haven’t even given it a second thought....unless you’re Transgender.  Join Ruth, the mom of a transgender son, as we  explore gender, what it means to be transgender, and Ruth's journey to love & accept her child.

When Your Child Comes Out Transgender: Exploring Gender Identity 
Ruth Roberts

When did you know you were a boy or a girl?  Did you ever question or doubt your gender? Most of us haven’t even given it a second thought....unless you’re Transgender.  Join Ruth, the mom of a transgender son, as we  explore gender, what it means to be transgender, and Ruth's journey to love & accept her child.

 

Featured Speakers

Susan Cottrell

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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.
 

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Isaac Archuleta

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. 

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