Transgender Ally Workshop to Be Offered at Bryn Mawr Church
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is hosting a Transgender Ally Workshop event on Sunday, April 29, from 3:00-4:30 pm. Back by popular demand, the featured presenter will be Austen Hartke, the creator of the YouTube series “Transgender and Christian,” and the author of “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians,” now available from Westminster John Knox Press.
Along with sharing from his own experience as a transgender man and a person of faith, Austen will also address several key questions: What are some common terms and vocabulary? How can transgender allies create authentically welcoming churches, communities, and families? How can individuals and organizations create safe spaces and work for justice? What practical steps can we take to work towards full inclusion?
The event is free and open to the public; the church welcomes those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community as well as those who are still in the early stages of learning about marginalized gender identities and sexualities.
Austen Hartke is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. He has spoken at conferences all over the country and with organizations including the Reformation Project, Q Christian Fellowship (previously Gay Christian Network), The Wild Goose Festival, Why Christian?, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, and the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference. As a transgender person of faith, Austen’s greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture. You can purchase his book “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians” at your local bookstore, or at http://austenhartke.com/book.
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is located at 420 S. Cedar Lake Rd. in Minneapolis, and the building is accessible. Street parking is available. For further information, visit brynmawrchurch.org, call the church office at 612.377.5222, or email Mission Team leader Lynda Shaheen at [email protected]