SPECIAL EVENTS


Wednesday, January 9th


HAMILTON

7:30pm- purchase here

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.

Tickets can be picked-up at the conference registration desk from 5:00-7:30 PM on Wednesday.

Ticket purchases help support the Q Christian Conference Scholarship Fund.
 

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Thursday, January 10th


Weconnect retreat

2:00pm - 6:00pm - columbus i/j - register here

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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 LGBTQ+ 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!

FIRST TIMER’s meeting

6:30PM - 7:30PM - Columbus G

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.


Friday, January 11th


FIRST TIMER’s meeting

8:00am - 9:00am - Columbus G

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.

AFFINITY lunches

11:30Am - 12:30PM - Register here

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

  • Parents

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Trans/GENDER EXPANSIVE RETREAT

11:30AM - 2:30PM - MICHIGAN 1A - Register here

This event is open to anyone who identifies as being outside the gender binary. We will start with a social time of getting to know each other over a small lunch, and move into a discussion about identity development and awareness.

Leading the retreat is Laura Beth (Taylor) Buchleiter, an author and advocate for LGBTQ people faith communities. With over 25 years of work in conservative Christian contexts prior to coming out as a transgender woman, she has first-hand experience with the challenges of being accepted.

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Laura Beth is an alumnus of The Reformation Project Leadership Development Cohort (2016) and a frequent guest at PFLAG and other support group meetings.

For the final hour, we will open the doors to our friends and allies as we welcome Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, in Dallas, TX to talk about his journey toward understanding of the transgender community. Mark currently serves as a board member and columnist for Baptist News Global and on the Missions Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In November 2016, he was invited to give a TED Talk at TEDxCharlottesville about his journey toward acceptance of transgender people. All are welcome to the last hour of the retreat. 

sTORIES OF iNTERSEX AND FAITH

1:00PM - 2:30PM - GRAND E/F

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.” 


Saturday, January 12th


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age group DINNERS

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 dinner.


Sunday, January 13th


AfterConf

7:00pm - 11:00pm: register here

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.

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Nightly Activities


after hours Lounge

10:00pm - located in the plaza

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


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