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BMC at MennoCon23

LGBTQIA+ Seminars

Introduction to LGBTQIA+

Wednesday July 5, 9:00-10:00am Room 2204

Joanne Gallardo and Clayton Gladish

An introduction to LGBTQIA+ terminology, the concept of gender, and recognizing layers of privilege a person has or doesn’t have, based on identity and personhood. There will also be space for respectful questions. This seminar is open to LGBTQIA+ people and their allies.

Living Into Repentance and Transformation

Thursday July 6, 9:00-10:00am

Room 2202

Randy Spaulding with other leaders of Inclusive Mennonite Pastors What does it mean to be an official LGBTQIA+ welcoming denomination? What does repentance and transformation look like? How may it already be happening among us? How is God at work, and what are the challenges that lie ahead? This seminar invites group sharing, visioning and conversation. Facilitated by queer and ally Mennonites, including leaders of Inclusive Mennonite Pastors and others.

Resistance and Healing: Queer, Decolonial Movements

Thursday July 6, 3:45-4:45pm

Room 2203

Sarah Augustine, Katerina Gea, Tim Nafziger and Annabeth Roeschley

Since the early days of the Anabaptist movement, we have sought to balance challenging unjust institutions with the communal work of healing and liberation. In this workshop, we will look at historic and present examples of how Pink Menno, Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests and Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery navigate this creative tension. Institutions and movements dance together around the need for stability, sustainability and scale. Resistance is almost always part of healing and is critical to changing the conditions that create harm.

The Big Booth for Intersectional Justice - Seminars & Events

Visit BMC at the Big Booth for Intersectional Justice all week in the exhibit hall! We are excited to collaborate with Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery, Mennonite Jewish Relations Working Group, Mennonite Palestine Israel Network, Queer & Inclusive Mennonite Pastors and Pink Menno friends. Our struggles & our collective liberation are interwoven and alive!

We hope to see you at Big Booth seminars that connect our interrelated justice concerns! A full line-up is here.

The Big Queer and Trans Gathering

Thursday July 6th, 6:00-8:30 pm

KC Live - 13 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106

We hope you will join BMC for a reunion with Pink Menno, Inclusive Mennonite Pastors (IMP), and Queer Menno Pastors (QMP). The whole beloved spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow, especially trans and nonbinary kin, is invited! Allies and accomplices are very welcome! Drop by anytime between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. This gathering is free and no RSVP is required. Food will not be provided, but KC Live has many restaurants and drink venues, so each person can buy their own food. Contact Pink Menno (via Facebook) or come by the Big Booth for Intersectional Justice and ask for Pink Menno if food cost is an issue.

Venue Information & Accessibility: KC Live is an open-air live music venue and is covered by a translucent canopy that lets light in but keeps the elements out. It is also equipped with large overhead fans, seating, fire pits, and more. KC Live has ramps for easy access from the street and the KC Live parking garage, as well as several elevators. Oversized bags are not allowed in the venue. For full details see Check the Pink Menno Facebook page for up-to-date information.

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