Our guest speaker is Beth Carlson-Malena. Here is some information about her and about the discussion she will be leading on Tuesday night:
Beth Carlson-Malena grew up in Saskatoon and moved to Vancouver to study at Regent College almost thirteen years ago. There, she met and fell in love with her housemate, Danice, sending them both on a journey of trying to reconcile their sexuality and their faith. Meanwhile, Beth co-pastored a Baptist church plant and worked at Jacob’s Well, an incarnational Downtown Eastside community, and Danice was a Baptist youth pastor. Their marriage four years ago meant they could no longer pastor among the Baptists. Beth now works with Generous Space Ministries, offering pastoral care and connection to LGBTQ Christians across Canada, and is in the process of launching a new church start-up called “Open Way” in East Van with her friend Mark Fox.
On Tuesday night March 27th, Beth will be sharing more of her story through the lens of a book called “Queer Virtue” by Elizabeth Edman. In a world where LGBTQ+ identities and experiences are sometimes treated by Christians and churches as negative or disadvantageous, it can take effort to remind ourselves of the advantages and gifts of being both LGBTQ+ and Christian.
Beth will lead us in a brainstorming session about how the unique experiences and perspectives we have as LGBTQ+ people contribute positively to our spirituality, and to the Church at large.
A meal will be provided Tuesday evening. We ask for a suggested donation of $5 per person to help offset food costs if possible. But don’t let finances stop you from attending – there is no charge and this is a community meal!
Please let Curt Allison (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you plan to attend on Tuesday night. This is important as it helps to ensure we have enough food for everyone.