Leadership Retreat: Reaching Out and Reaching In: How LGBT—Affirming Churches Can Grow in Numbers and Spirit

 Reaching Out and Reaching In:

How LGBT—Affirming Churches Can Grow in Numbers and Spirit

Photo: Andy Lang

Andrew Lang

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contact: Kay Rackley

2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Free parking is available at 2227 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115


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Saturday, September 16

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $50, meals included

A one-day retreat for congregational leadership,  including clergy, vestry members and committees, from parishes in the Diocese of Ohio.


Experience shows that the growing edge for many affirming congregations includes not only LGBT seekers but heterosexual
millennials who identify with the church’s inclusive values. Learn the best practices of growing LGBT-affirming congregations, including tips for:

  • Mission
  • Ministry
  • Communications
  • Marketing and Advocacy

The event includes workshops, small-group discussions, and worship. Food will be provided.

Retreat leader Andrew G. Lang is executive director of the Open and Affirming Coalition and an Episcopalian and member of Trinity Cathedral. The Coalition is a network of 1,400 LGBT-affirming congregations in the United Church of Christ. A professional church communicator, Andy was a daily newspaper reporter and Congressional press secretary in Washington, D.C., before joining the UCC’s national communication staff in 1993. He has been the Coalition’s executive director since 2010.

Trans* 101 (Workshop):

Led by the Rev. Erik/a Breddin, this workshop will cover an introduction to the various ways the transgender community understands itself, ways of responding faithfully to the those who are transgender, and ways in which an individual or an institution can be more inclusive of and welcoming to the those who are transgender.

About the Rev. Erik/a Breddin

Photo: Erik/a BreddinErik/a Breddin is an ordained pastor, currently serving the good people of Zion UCC in Steubenville, OH. Erik/a identifies as ambigender. For over a decade they have been helping people gain a better understanding of the transgender community. As a transgender person, as well as a minister they have a unique perspective on how the church and trans folk may be in covenant with one another.