22 Years as a Reconciling Congregation:
Crafting a New Normal Gathering on 3/16,
Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls Preaches Sun, 3/17

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First United Methodist Church of Boulder welcomes the Crafting a New Normal gathering on Saturday, March 16, as the first part of our 22nd anniversary celebration of becoming a member church of the Reconciling Ministries Network, fully welcoming of LGBTQ persons and their loved ones. The celebration continues in our worship service on Sunday, March 17, at 10:30 AM, when Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls will be our guest preacher on “Jesus the Holy Disrupter.” The Resonance Women’s Chorus will also sing during our service. Absolutely EVERYONE is welcome!


Crafting a New Normal:
A Community Gathering about Inclusion and Intersectionality

Join us for a day of conversation on Saturday, 3/16, from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The goal of this FREE, daylong gathering is for participants to be inspired to act in ways that honor diversity, empower the marginalized, and liberate the oppressed.

Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls

The theme, “Crafting a New Normal” will feature a nationally known social justice activist, Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls, an out lesbian and African-American Christian. The congregation she founded and leads as pastor, Sacred Souls Community Church, actively supports transgender rights in response to their state’s anti-transgender political climate. Bishop Rawls is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Freedom Center for Social Justice, which works intersectionally through their programs to support the trans community, people of color, people of low wealth, youth and sexual minorities.

The day will include a panel of diverse individuals who represent various Boulder County organizations. The panel includes: Mardi Moore (Out Boulder County), Jeff Hirota (Community Foundation of Boulder County), Shiquita Yarbrough (Families of Color Colorado), and Nicole Garcia (Umbrella Collective).

The members of the panel will respond to the focus of race, gender, sexuality, faith, and intersectionality.

Singing by the women’s a cappella ensemble Sound Circle will bring the day to a close.

Lunch will be provided for all participants of Crafting a New Normal. Childcare is also available. Please register (see link below) so that we can best accommodate your dietary and childcare needs.

TO REGISTER for the March 16 gathering, and for more information about both days’ events,
visit the EVENT WEBSITE.