January Mental Health and Wellness Lunch & Learn Series
“Internal Welcome and External Witness: LGBTQ Youth Ministry”
January 5, 2023
20% of GenZ now identifies as a part of the LGBTQ community, so they are going to be in your congregations and in your communities. It’s important to know what are the particular nuances of youth ministry with and for LGBTQ youth. We can talk about the “logistics” that often are raised when including GBTQ youth in youth ministry programming, however we’ll explore the theology and values that should undergird LGBTQ youth ministry, pushing us beyond our own congregational settings, out into the wider world. Instructor Ross Murray will be drawing from 20 years of LGBTQ youth ministry experience with The Naming Project, which has been distilled in the book Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry
Ross Murray is a Vice President at the GLAAD Media Institute, which provides activist, spokesperson, and media engagement training and education for LGBTQ and allied community members, the media industry and advocacy organizations desiring to deepen their media impact. Ross is also a founder and director of The Naming Project, a faith-based camp for LGBTQ youth and their allies. His book, Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry is available from Fortress Press. Ross is a producer for the “Yass, Jesus!” podcast, a faith and sexuality affirming podcast that believes you don’t have to pick between gay and God. Ross is an ordained Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with a specific calling to advocate for LGBTQ people and to bridge the LGBTQ and faith communities. www.RossMurray.org
Mental Health and Wellness Lunch and Learn Series: Please join us monthly online from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm to listen and learn with engaging speakers on a variety of mental health and wellness topics. Grab a bite to eat in the comfort of your home or office and join in on these opportunities to be educated, equipped, and empowered.