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Friday, June 21, 2013

An Education & Celebration Event Attended by More Than 300 People!

Out in Gospel is a groundbreaking, two-part event that supports and nurtures LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning) gospel musicians in their relationship to the church. This event brings artists, theologians, church leaders and interested members of the public together for the difficult but liberating conversation.

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Program, panel, workshops and closing worship
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
3000 5th Street NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
CEUs are offered

Theologians who participated:

  • Victor Anderson
    Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society
    Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Valerie Bridgeman
    Independent Hebrew Bible and Homiletics Scholar; Founder and President of WomanPreach!
  • Yvette Flunder
    Founder and Senior Pastor
    City of Refuge United Church of Christ, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Carolyn Pressler
    Harry C. Piper Jr. Professor of Biblical Interpretation
    United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minn.

The afternoon program culminated in the evening with a gospel music concert featuring nationally known performers who opened the sacred door to liberation while still honoring their commitment to serve.

7:30 PM: Community gospel music concert
Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church
217 Mackubin Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Performers who participated:

  • Ray Boltz
    Award-winning Christian music recording artist who publicly came out at 55 years of age
  • Yvette Flunder
    Gospel recording artist; founder and senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ, San Francisco
  • Rizi Timane'
    Commissioned minister and spiritual counselor with Rizi Timane' Ministries; a trans-man and gospel recording artist
  • The Steeles
    Family singing group of brothers and sisters who are friends and allies of LGBTIQ gospel musicians

Out in Gospel was designed to promote respect, reconciliation and celebration of artistic gifts in the church by 1) hosting the conversation about human sexuality within the context of theology, arts and worship; 2) creating and sharing theological, artistic and biblical resources that support LGBTIQ gospel artists, and 3) offering spiritual and artistic nurturing for gospel artists whose calling it is to serve the wider community through their music.

Funded in part by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

This annual event is free and open to the public.




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