October is right around the corner which means our next Connections Forum will soon be here! I hope you'll plan now to join us next Tues. night, Oct. 3rd, at 7pm at hotelVetro for our Forum on "Religion Gone Bad: An Examination of Anti-LGBT Religious Ideology" with Rich McCarty. (See full description below.)
I'll highlight a few of our upcoming events below - including a choice of two small groups tonight and the new Sun. night "Cocktail Hour" at Joseph's! But don't forget to check out the latest updates and other community events on our website
(please remember to use our temporary URL of http://queerconnections.nfshost.com/
for now). As we move to having more of a presence on the web, we are still working out a few glitches so we appreciate your patience! Thank you!
Updated! Connections Spiritual Seekers, TONIGHT, Tues. Sept. 26th at 7pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St., Iowa City
Spiritual Seekers is a group for people of all faiths, or of little faith, who wish to make deeper connections between their sexual identities and the spiritual dimension in their lives. We will meet during the coming year on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. Our meetings include discussion of specialized topics, telling of pieces of our faith journeys, and occasional prayer and meditation. Tonight we'll be meeting in the chapel, which is at the top of the stairs (basically over the front door). Derrick Kluge from the Iowa City Zen Center will be joining us again. This week, we'll spend more time actually going through the process of Zen meditation, and then getting back to questions about both its spiritual base and its compatability with other spiritual traditions. The basic plan beyond that is to learn more in October and November about the rituals and meanings of both Jewish and
Muslim major holidays. We're now in the midst of the period of Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur, and soon will be entering into the month of Ramadan. Contact John Harper (john-harper@...
) or 351-9263 for more information.
Updated! Connections Outdoor Recreation and Nature Group, TONIGHT, Tues. Sept. 26th at 7pm.
For anyone interested in outdoor activities and topics, all experience levels
welcome. We meet to plan upcoming outings and activities on the last Tuesday of each month at the Iowa City Public Library (tonight's meeting is in Room E, upstairs). Plans are in the works for another outdoor event in Sept/Oct, perhaps a cookout-BBQ at one of the shelters over at Kent Park. During tonight's we'll also appoint or elect a new leader of the group. For more info: Contact Sandra Stevens at Sandra9359@...
Updated! Connections Movie Night, Fri. Sept. 29th at 7pm
Like to watch queer films with queer friends? Some of you have said you do! As promised, we'll be gathering for a movie night soon - this Friday in fact! Sorry for the short notice but if you can join us, please come on over to Karen's house this Fri. Sept. 29th at 7pm. We'll have a choice of queer films to chose from (or feel free to bring your own to add to the mix!) For directions or more info, please contact karen-haslett@...
or 319-530-5731 for more info. (Still looking for future movie night hosts, please contact Karen if you can help out!)
NEW! Cocktail Hour at Joseph's, Sun. Oct. 1st, 5-9pm
212 S. Clinton, Iowa City
Come to Joseph's Steakhouse, 212 S. Clinton, every Sunday night between 5-9pm for "Queer Cocktail Hour." 10% of Cocktail Night profits will be donated to Connections each week. For more information, contact carltonbburn@...
NEW! Connections Forum, Tues. Oct. 3rd at 7-9pm
hotelVetro, 201 S. Linn (off the Ped Mall in Iowa City, adjoins the Sheraton)
Topic: "Religion Gone Bad: An Examination of Anti-LGBT Religious Ideology"
In anticipation of next month's Holy Relationships Midwest Regional Conference
, Rich McCarty will offer a presentation on Mel White's new book: "Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right." Mel White was the former ghost-author of such figures as
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, and will be offering a keynote address at the Holy Relationships Midwest Regional Conference. This forum will provide insights on the arguments and rhetoric of anti-LGBT religious groups, as well as provide constructive dialogue on how all people, whether belonging to faith traditions or not, can speak to these ideological systems, and do so in ways that engender the progression of social equality and liberty.
NEW! Connections Cooking Group, Oct/Nov.
We had a great time at the "Barbeque." As always, the food was awesome and company entertaining. Now it is time to think about October and November. Last year we had potluck chili. Would you like to make that tradition or try something new? Please let Matthew know if you are interested in hosting, cooking, or just attending. Include available dates in your e-mail or phone message. matthewmcgraw1979@...
Connections Chess & Scrabble Players.
Like to play chess or scrabble? Here's an opportunity to join others who do. For more info: Contact Scott Streff at (319) 351-9309
SOME INVITATIONS from the wider local GLBTA community (see website for even more!)
NEW! Candace Gingrich at WRAC tomorrow, Wed. Sept. 27th
HRC's senior youth outreach manager Candace Gingrich will be leading a discussion on "Decision 2006: Why Iowa, the queer vote, and you, are important in electing fair-minded officials at the state and national level," tomorrow, Wed. Sept. 27th at 12:00pm at the WRAC (corner of Madison & Market, Iowa City). Pizza will be provided for lunch. This discussion is sponsored by the One Iowa Education Fund, One Iowa, The Human Rights Campaign, and the Women's Resource and Action Center.
WRAC Lesbian Reading Group -register by Sept. 30th
This group is designed to offer Lesbians a safe, comfortable environment to have
interesting discussions about good books. It is a group that has been meeting for more
than six years. The group meets at the Women's Resource and Action Center roughly
every 3rd Sunday at 7:00 pm, beginning this September 10. You must pre-register by
lesbianreading.htm. Register by Sat. Sept. 30th (before its second meeting).
Updated! OWLS Monthly Potluck, Sat. Sept. 30th
All "older, wiser lesbians" are invited to join the local OWLS group for their monthly Sat.
night potlucks. There are no exact age requirements - just that you identify as "older and
wiser." The next gatherings will be held at 6pm on Sat. Sept. 30th and Sat. Oct. 14th. Please contact
Katharine at katharn@...
for the next gathering's location and/or more information
Quad-Cities' Coming Out Ball, Fri. Oct. 6th
The Quad Cities will be hosting their first annual Coming Out Ball on Fri. Oct. 6, beginning
at 5pm at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Davenport Holiday Inn), Davenport, Iowa. Dinner
served at 6:30pm, with music and dancing to follow. Get dressed up in your finest. Fun for
GLBT couples, singles, and supportive family and friends too. Tickets $27 per person. For
tickets, call 309-764-7257 and ask for Mona or Ruby.
Updated! UI LGBT-SFA Luncheon Speaker's Series, the 13th of Sept.-Dec.
All are welcome and encouraged to bring your lunch. All times are 12:00pm–1:00pm
on the 13th of each month! Fall line-up includes:
on Fri. Oct. 13th,
Joe Bolkcom, Iowa State Senator, will be speaking on "The Importance of the Mid-Term Elections" in the Lucas Dodge Room (#256 IMU); on Mon. Nov. 13th,
Richard Saunders, Director of Benefits and Payroll, will be speaking on "Benefits As They Relate to UI GLBT Employees," in the Iowa Room (#335 IMU); and on Wed. Dec. 13th
the speaker is open (meeting location: Lucas Dodge Room, #256 IMU.) For more info on the LGBT-SFA, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~lgbsfa/
or contact Carlos at carlos-serrato@...
or at 335-3059 in the Office of Student Life.
register soon! Holy Relationships Midwest Regional Conference, Thurs. Oct. 19-Sat. Oct. 21
"One standard, all people!" This is the banner under which the Holy Relationships Midwest
Regional Conference will be meeting in Iowa City, Iowa, Thurs. Oct. 19 - Sat. Oct. 21,
2006, in order to help promote the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) people in mainline churches and society. With roots in an ecumenical
Christian concern for peace, justice, and the dignity of all people, this particular Holy
Relationships conference invites people both in and outside of Christian traditions to
gather for dyanmic conference leadership, keynotes by Rita Nakashima Brock and Mel
White, workshops, networking, story-telling, and strategy-sessions. While the conference
is focused by the goal of LGBT inclusion, the conference also will address relationships
between race, religion, and sexuality, relationships with ourselves, with our families of
origin, and many many more! Individual registration is only $150, and when four or more
register together, we offer you a special group rate of $115 per person. See our website
registration options. We look forward to seeing YOU at the conference! Questions?
Queer Iowa Student Conference, Sat. Oct. 28
The UI Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Union (GLBTAU) "Queer Iowa Student Conference" is being held on October 28th in the IMU - check out their website regarding this program: http://www.uiowa.edu/~glbtau/QISC.html
. The GLBTAU is still looking for presenters - see website for details. Also check out the GLBTAU website
for other programs/events they have planned.
Updated! UI LGBT-Staff & Faculty Assoc. B.Y.O.L. Hang Out, Oct. 31
Come join and meet other GLBT staff, faculty, allies and community members for a lunch break on the last Tuesday of the month (Sept - Nov.) from 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Iowa Room (#335) of the Iowa Memorial Union. Bring your own lunch. Everyone is welcome - need not be UI faculty or staff to attend. For more info on the LGBT-SFA, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~lgbsfa/
or contact Carlos at carlos-serrato@...
or at 335-3059 in the Office of Student Life.
Community Links on Website
We've added a number of GLBT community-related links on our website
. If you or your organization like to be added to the list,
Want to become a member of Connections? Most all of our events and small groups are free but there are some operating expenses involved in running an organization of this size. If you've found Connections to be something positive in your life and community, we encourage you to support it by becoming a more active member at a level of $10, $25 or $50/year. This will help us out greatly in running this all-volunteer organization. Please contact john-harper@... with any questions about membership. Membership dues and donations can be sent to Connections, P.O. Box 1733, Iowa City, IA 52244.