May 11 – LGBTQ Theologies: What LGBTQ Spiritual Leaders Say About Their Faith

On Saturday, May 11, a group of Spartanburg clergy will host a day-long event centered on LGBTQ
theologians and spiritual leaders. These thinkers will share their own theological understanding of
themselves and our world—beyond the arguments straight clergy have about LGBTQ people’s lives,
even when expressing support.
The immediate goals of this gathering are two-fold:
1. To affirm and encourage the freedom and creativity of LGBTQ people to develop and live their own
spiritualities, and
2. To offer a setting in which straight allies can suspend their own theological views and listen to what
LGBTQ people say about their own spiritualities.
The long term goal of this gathering is to continue building a network of congregants and congregations
working together to support the LGBTQ community in Spartanburg.
Please spread the word, and join us. Registration is free; lunch will be served; all are welcome.


Planning Team:

  • Dr. Tom Norrell, Senior Pastor at Central United Methodist Church
  • Dr. John Simmons, Elder at Central United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Sue Perrin, Minister for STAR (Sacred Rituals and Traditions) & Episcopal Deacon
  • Rev. Tim Drum, Chaplain at Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Anne Garner, Intern at UUCS / Chair of Deacons at First Baptist Church-Greenville
  • Rev. Scott Neely, Minister at UUCS

For more information, contact Anne Garner or Scott Neely