We are sending our subscribers this special notice
about the upcoming Witness Our Welcome conference.
Chi Rho Press author of "Called OUT! The Voices
and Gifts of LGBT Presbyterians" Jane Spahr is one
of the preachers, along with newly married MCC
Founder, Troy Perry and other amazing preachers.
Chi Rho Press authors and contributors Chris Glaser,
Katie Morrison, Marvin Ellison, and Candace Chellew
will be leading workshops. And David North, pastor
of my home church will be leading a workshop and
Please consider attending this exciting and important
conference. I hope to see you there!
It's not too late to register for WOW 2003
Witness Our Welcome!
(Please forward to others who may be interested -
WOW 2003 is the largest Christian gathering of lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight persons
from Canada and United States.
The largest Christian event ever to focus on welcoming
people of all sexual orientations will be held August
14 through August 17, 2003 at the University of
Pennsylvania. Witness Our Welcome is an ecumenical
gathering of sexually diverse and gender inclusive
Christians from Canada and the U.S. which supports
the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, queer and straight persons in congregations
and ministries, mostly within the tradition of mainline
The theme for WOW 2003 is God's Deliverance is for ALL!
This powerful gathering will serve to build on the work
of the Welcoming Church Movement within mainline
Protestant traditions, that strives for justice and
inclusion for ALL people within the Body of Christ.
Rev. Wanda Floyd, founding pastor of Imani MCC Church
in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Elder Marco
Grimaldo of More Light Presbyterians serve as co-chairs
of the WOW Coordinating and Planning Committee. "WOW
2003 will be an exciting experience with inspirational
Worship Services, provocative Bible Studies and a wide
range of helpful and relevant workshops," said Rev.
Floyd. In addition, WOW 2003 will also feature musical
and dramatic performances, fun and exciting Youth
programs and many other ways for people to connect
with one another. Hundreds of people are expected to
celebrate the power of the Welcoming Church, mobilizing
diverse and powerful grassroots movements to realize
God's vision for an inclusive community.
Worship will be at the heart of the WOW2003 experience.
Five plenary worship events will reflect a diversity of
leadership and variety of faith traditions affirming
that God's deliverance is truly for all persons. Worship
leaders and speakers will include Yvette Flunder,
founding pastor of the City of Refuge Community Church
in San Francisco, Louise Rose, motivational speaker,
educator, composer, and choral conductor in Victoria,
British Columbia, and Rev. Troy Perry, founder and
moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches.
Breakfast Bible Studies and Dialogues will feature some
of the country's most enlightened thinkers, scholars,
and lecturers. Chris Glaser, writer, speaker, and
Presbyterian activist believes that the Bible gives
us both the strength and stamina to challenge our own
and the church's less inclusive attitudes. Erin Swenson,
co-founder and president of The Southern Association for
Gender Education will lead a study titled Transgender
Issues and the Church.
WOW 2003 planners have worked hard to bring together
individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
for a truly welcoming religious experience. Elder Marco
Grimaldo of Baltimore, Maryland states, "WOW 2003 will
reach out with a powerful message of God's love.
Attending WOW 2000 as a Gay Latino and meeting other
Queer Latinos was an amazing experience. It was
empowering to meet others like me who are working to
make the church a more welcoming place."
The Entertainment component at WOW2003 has something
for everyone and features a variety of performances
ranging from musical theatre productions such as Doin'
Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, "How I Survived
Ex-Gay Movement!" to a dynamic gospel duo performance
by Rev. Delores Berry and David K. North.
WOW 2003 begins on Thursday, August 14th with
registration and hospitality starting at 12:00 pm
and opening worship begins at 7:00 pm.
Friday, August 15th begins with Breakfast Bible Studies
and Dialogues at 7:00 am and Morning Worship at 8:00 am.
Friday also includes a plenary titled Race, Racism, and
the Welcoming Movement, as well as workshops and Evening
Worship. On Saturday, August 16th following Bible Studies
and Dialogues and Morning Worship, denominational and
interest group meetings will be the highlight as well
as workshops and evening entertainment. WOW 2003 closes
with worship on Sunday morning.
The WOW registration fee includes participation in all
four days of WOW2003 activities and meals: breakfast
and lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Saturday
evening and Sunday breakfast. Visit www.wow2k.org for
more registration information.
Child (12 and under) $100
WOW is part of the "Welcoming Church movement" which
is a network of Christian communities that publicly
affirm the full participation of all persons regardless
of sexual orientation. The ecumenical Welcoming Church
movement spans more than 10 Christian traditions and
includes over 1000 congregations in the United States
and Canada. For more information on WOW2003, visit our
web site at www.wow2k.org or call toll free 1-866-550-3500.
WOW WEBSITE - http://www.wow2k.org
SUBSCRIBE - WOWResourcesemail@example.com