Each year, in addition to keynotes and breakout sessions, the Q Christian Conference has several special events and opportunities to choose from, including service projects, retreats, small group gatherings, and more!
Wednesday, Jan 9 | 7:30pm
We're not throwing away our shot!
...to see the Tony Award-winning sensation Hamilton. Q Christian has a limited block of tickets for the Wednesday showing at the CIBC Theatre. Join us for this special opportunity, and purchase your ticket (while supplies last) when registering for the conference.
Ticket purchases help support the Q Christian Conference Scholarship Fund.
thursday, jan 10 | 2:00pm - 6:30pm
The WeConnect Retreat is back! For the seventh year in a row, Q Christian is proud to provide a retreat for conference attendees who are female identified. If you are non-binary or Gender non-conforming and would feel at home in such an affinity space, you are always fully welcome!
For this years retreat, we are excited to be partnering with She Is Called, a national group of women committed to fostering discussions about passion and calling.
The afternoon will consist of a facilitated series of conversations around the words “Identity” and “Calling.” We’ll consider what these words mean for female identified, non-binary and gender non-conforming LGBT+ Christians. The retreat will also feature an artistic experience to integrate the discussion topics.
We’re also excited to announce that this year we will be presenting the 2019 Mother Eagle Award to the Rev. Nancy Wilson, former moderator of the Metropolitan Community Church and lifelong advocate of equality for LGBTQ+ people. The Mother Eagle Award was established in 2017 to honor the women who have taken the lead in courageously advocating for LGBTQ+ equality in Christianity. Its purpose is to express gratitude and to ensure their stories are known and their sacrifices remembered. The annual award is jointly presented by Christian Feminism Today and Q Christian Fellowship. Register today and stay tuned for more details!
thursday, jan 10 | throughout the day
Coming to the Q Christian Conference for the first time? Join us for a special session designed just for you. You’ll be able to meet other conference attendees, learn about the exciting opportunities offered during the conference, and how you can make the most of your experience in Chicago.
after hours Lounge
nightly | 10:00pm
The perfect way to relax after a long day! The After Hours Lounge offers attendees a space to socialize and recharge after the official schedule has concluded for the day, with different activities planned each night:
Thursday: Game Night
Friday: Karaoke Night
Saturday: Open Mic Night
friday, jan 11 | 11:30Am
Share a meal with other attendees who share your interests and understand your background! Purchase a ticket for the meal or bring your own from one of the local restaurants around the hotel. There will be space designated for the following affinity groups: Ministry Leaders, People of Color, Side B, and Parents.
sTORIES OF iNTERSEX AND FAITH
friday, jan 11 | tba
Join us for one of the first screenings of the new documentary Stories of Intersex and Faith.
Every year in the United States thousands of needless surgeries are performed on children even though the United Nations has called some of these procedures “torture.” Our anxieties about sex and gender, often rooted in religion, have lead us to hide, shame, and harm healthy intersex children. Caught in the cross-hairs of the culture wars, intersex people can even find themselves marginalized within LGBTQ communities.
Fighting for the end of non-consensual surgeries, legal protections, informed medical care, and inclusion, five courageous intersex people come out of the shadows to share their stories of faith, doubt, trauma, resilience, and courage. They insist, “It’s society that needs to be healed, not us.”
age group DINNERS
saturday, jan 12 | 5:30pm
Looking to connect with others around your age during conference? This is the perfect opportunity! Meet in the ballroom lobby, find your age group sign, and meet up with your group for lunch.
Sunday, jan 13 | 7:00pm - 11:00pm
The fun continues even after the last session has finished. Join us Sunday night for an evening on the town! Enjoy food, refreshments, fellowship, and entertainment with your newest Q Christian friends. It’s a great opportunity to further develop the incredible connections you’ll make while at the conference.
This year's event will be held at Lucky Strike, walking distance from the Hyatt Regency. Purchase your ticket during registration to reserve your spot for $35.