Open Gathering: Home for the Holidays
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Open Gathering: Home for the Holidays

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The holiday season is coming and complicated emotions arrive alongside it. People find themselves wrestling with questions about things like home, family, and belonging during this time of year. What is home? What if embracing who we are means that we have had to redefine terms like home and family? What if our traditions or the things we value aren't centered during this time of year? Join us as we navigate these questions and others during our December Open Gathering.

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December No Agenda Dinner
Dec
21
6:00 PM18:00

December No Agenda Dinner

There are so few spaces in life where you are encouraged to simply be. More often than not, we're encouraged to show up to places, adhere to an agenda, or fit a role. 

That's not the case at our No Agenda Dinners. People can show up when they need, as they need to share food and conversation with people who have have a wealth of lived experience. 

If you're looking for a place to just be, consider joining us on Thursday, December 21st betwen 6 and 8pm at Crepe Bistro for dinner. We're hosting these on the third Thursday of every month so know that even if you can't make it this time, they'll be another chance to connect in the future. 

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November No Agenda Dinner
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

November No Agenda Dinner

There are so few spaces in life where you are encouraged to simply be. More often than not, we're encouraged to show up to places, adhere to an agenda, or fit a role. 

That's not the case at our No Agenda Dinners. People can show up when they need, as they need to share food and conversation with people who have have a wealth of lived experience. 

If you're looking for a place to just be, consider joining us on Thursday, November 16th betwen 6 and 8pm at Crepe Bistro for dinner. We're hosting these on the third Thursday of every month so know that even if you can't make it this time, they'll be another chance to connect in the future. 

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Open Gathering: A Year in Trump's America
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Open Gathering: A Year in Trump's America

  • Loyola University Chicago - Beane Hall (13th fl) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It’s been nearly a year since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America and to say that this year has been challenging for many would be a gross understatement. Countless numbers of people have been threatened and harmed by the actions of his administration as well as by those living and working alongside them. Join us for a conversation about the realities we’ve held in the last year, what we’re doing to be well in light of all we’ve seen and experienced, and what (if anything) is giving us hope.

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CFI at #TRPinCHI
Oct
26
to Oct 28

CFI at #TRPinCHI

  • Fourth Presbyterian Church (map)
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We are paneling and presenting at The Reformation Project's 2017 National Conference! Make sure to connect with us at Friday's panel "Who Run the World? Christian Women of Color on the Link Between Patriarchy and LGBTQ Exclusion" and at "Respecting Your Get Down: How To Honor Different Relational and Sexual Ethics Within Our Communities” on Saturday.

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October No Agenda Dinner
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

October No Agenda Dinner

There are so few spaces in life where you are encouraged to simply be. More often than not, we're encouraged to show up to places, adhere to an agenda, or fit a role. 

That's not the case at our No Agenda Dinners. People can show up when they need, as they need to share food and conversation with people who have have a wealth of lived experience. 

If you're looking for a place to just be, consider joining us on Thurday October 19th betwen 6 and 8pm at Crepe Bistro for dinner. We're hosting these on the third Thursday of every month so know that even if you can't make it this time, they'll be another chance to connect in the future. 

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August No Agenda Dinner
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

August No Agenda Dinner

There are so few spaces in life where you are encouraged to simply be. More often than not, we're encouraged to show up to places, adhere to an agenda, or fit a role. 

That's not the case at our No Agenda Dinners. People can show up when they need, as they need to share food and conversation with people who have have a wealth of lived experience. 

If you're looking for a place to just be, consider joining us on Thurday June 15th betwen 6 and 8pm at Crepe Bistro for our June dinner. We're hosting these on the third Thursday of every month so know that even if you can't make it this time, they'll be another chance to connect in the future. 

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#MakeLoveLouder at 2017 Chicago Pride
Jun
25
12:00 PM12:00

#MakeLoveLouder at 2017 Chicago Pride

  • 445 West Diversey Parkway Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)
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Join us for the #MakeLoveLouder campaign - a tongue-in-cheek, counter-protest organized to inject humanity, laughter, love, and hugs into an emotionally and spiritually toxic space at the 2017 Chicago Pride Parade! We'll station ourselves directly in front of the cordoned off protest area, offering a message of support, solidarity, and care for paraders--in contrast to the message of bigotry, shame, and stigma projected by those behind us.


Together we can #MakeLoveLouder!

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June No Agenda Dinner
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

June No Agenda Dinner

There are so few spaces in life where you are encouraged to simply be. More often than not, we're encouraged to show up to places, adhere to an agenda, or fit a role. 

That's not the case at our No Agenda Dinners. People can show up when they need, as they need to share food and conversation with people who have have a wealth of lived experience. 

If you're looking for a place to just be, consider joining us on Thurday June 15th betwen 6 and 8pm at Crepe Bistro for our June dinner. We're hosting these on the third Thursday of every month so know that even if you can't make it this time, they'll be another chance to connect in the future. 

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Faith Forward Conference
May
22
to May 24

Faith Forward Conference

  • ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL & COMMONS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we present at Faith Forward 2017 - an innovative gathering of leaders who are creating a new kind of faith formation with young people – one that is radically inclusive, generous, and thoughtful.

 

Breakout Title: Let Them In: The Importance of Inviting Young People Into Our Stories
Breakout Description: Stories are important. They serve as the vehicles through which we capture histories, give voice to the present, and engage imagination as we envision what's to come. Sometimes stories go unspoken between generations so what would it mean to cultivate spaces where we, as youth and young adult workers, allow ourselves to be known? Join us as we consider what it means to invite young people into the stories of our lives, the realities we confront, and what we hope for in our futures. We will engage in group dialogue around barriers to communication, navigating thorny conversations, and best practices for building protected, inclusive community for our young people.

 

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May
6
8:30 AM08:30

Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference (CNMC)

  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology (map)
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Join us as we present at the 2016 Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference (CNMC). This one-day conference provides a space for attendees to discuss topics pertinent to being non-monogamous, to expand their understandings of their own relationships, and to get to know each other as members of a diverse community seeking intersectional understanding and inclusion.

Session Title:  Coming Out As Non-Monogamous
Session Description: What does it mean to be out as someone who is non-monogamous (or an ally)? What have you gained or lost or feel you will gain or lose in being out? How do the identities we bear impact and influence our engagement with our communities as well as relational frameworks? Join us for an interactive dialogue as we share our experiences and consider what having space to be openly non-monogamous means for us and the communities we are connected to.

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Anna Redsand: Reading, Q&A, Signing
Apr
4
4:15 PM16:15

Anna Redsand: Reading, Q&A, Signing

What does coming out as a lesbian look like for a missionary's kid who grew up on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico? Join us we listen to Anna Redsand share her journey via readings from her new book "To Drink from the Silver Cup - From Faith Through Exile and Beyond" on April 4th.

This event is co-sponsored by McCormick Theological Seminary's Student Council and the Center for Inclusivity. It will take place in the Buchanan Lounge where refreshments will be provided.
 

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#MakeLoveLouder at Pride
Jun
26
12:00 PM12:00

#MakeLoveLouder at Pride

  • 445 West Diversey Parkway Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a tongue-in-cheek, counter-protest campaign at this year's Pride Parade! We'll station ourselves directly in front of the cordoned off protest area, offering a message of support and solidarity with paraders--in contrast to the message of shame and stigma from those behind us. 

We hope to inject some humanity, laughter and hugs into a spiritually dark spot in the parade route. Together we'll #MakeLoveLouder!

If you'd like to join us, please come to our planning meeting on June 20th at 7p. Here's more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/252178131820860/.

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Open Gathering: #MakeLoveLouder Planning Meeting
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Gathering: #MakeLoveLouder Planning Meeting

THE TOPIC: 

This week's open gathering will be a planning meeting for our upcoming campaign at the Pride Parade, #MakeLoveLouder.
You can read more about that event (on June 26th) and spread the word here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1717407165208771/.

For this planning meeting, we'll talk about everything you need to prepare, both physically, and emotionally/spiritually. It's an overwhelming experience, and one of the highlights of our year. We'd really encourage you to join us for this planning meeting if you'd like to participate. It's gonna be a blast!

DINNER PLANS:

If you can, please join us before the meeting begins for dinner. We’ll eat right around the corner at Dib Sushi Bar and Thai Cuisine, 1025 W Lawrence Ave. at 5:30pm.

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