WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT SVPC IS AN AFFIRMING CHURCH?

Here are conversations we've held to learn more about how loving, welcoming and affirming queer people in our congregation is what Christ has called us to do. 

Upcoming Affirming Events

For They Know Not What They Do

Wednesday, September 22 @ 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Screening of the movie followed by a discussion.

Previous Affirming Events

Legal Rights of Queer People

The sixth in our series. People who care about queer people need to know and care about their legal rights. Whether it’s gay marriage, employment discrimination, or transgender health treatments, the decisions of courts and legislatures have a profound impact on the lives of queer people. This program will explore the unique legal issues that queer people face, the advances that have been made in recent years, the challenges that lay ahead, and the role of the church in protecting these rights.

Rev. Michael Kirby has been a leader in the PC(USA) on issues of marriage equality. He was a practicing lawyer in Texas before entering the ministry. Rev. Kirby will be interviewed by Barry Vickrey, Discipleship lead elder and a retired law professor.

Video coming soon.

What Does the Bible Say About LGBTQIA+ Inclusion

The fifth in our series. Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen led a discussion around the way the Bible has been used to marginalize our LGBTQIA+ siblings and how we are called to embrace, include and uplift this segment of the Christian Community.

You are encouraged to read the article, "Don't Blame it on the Bible" prior to viewing the video (it's about a 10 minute read).

 

A Conversation

The fourth in our series. Sit in on a conversation between longtime SVPC members Carol and Scout Heath. Carol and Scout will share the journey of a parent and her child coming to an awareness and better understanding of Scout’s gender identity. Come for an intimate, vulnerable conversation and the chance to hear questions as we continue to work toward being an affirming church.

No video recording.

LGBTQIA+ 101

The third in our series was conversation was led by Alex Patchin McNeill from More Light Presbyterians and Jessica Vasquez Torres from Crossroads Anti-Racism Organization. Attendees were encouraged to ask any questions, and in order to make this a safe space for all we chose not to record this session.

Stories

The second in our series on Becoming An Affirming Church. Hear stories from five different people in our church who have experienced many different responses from family and from the church as they chose to reveal their authentic selves.

What is an Affirming Church?

Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, former moderator of the General Assembly of the PC(USA) and current Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, shared about First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto’s journey to becoming an affirming church (and ultimately a More Light Church).