A local church plans to host a transgender ministry kickoff worship and workshop on Sunday.
The “Transforming Hearts Transgender Honoring Worship & Education Program” will begin with the service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 5810 8th Ave. The workshop will follow starting at 11:15 p.m.
“Community members are welcome to join us for worship featuring joys and sorrows and stories from our transgender and gender non-binary community and the people who love them, said interin minister Denise Cawley.
“We are delighted to have Michael Munson joining us for this training. To have a national trainer and the cofounder and executive director of FORGE — an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge — at our church is an opportunity for the greater Kenosha area to learn more about the gender continuum,” said Jack Dudley, president of the church Board of Trustees.
“When we surveyed our congregation two years ago about the future of our ministry together, people responded that learning about and supporting the transgender and non-gender binary community was their top priority,” said Rev. Erik David Carlson.
The theme of the workshop will be “Putting our faith into action: Building deeper understanding and connection with our trans+ siblings.” After a quick review of transgender basics, participants will explore the changes in the local, state, and federal socio-political-cultural landscapes and how these changes impact trans/non-binary communities.
The workshop will last approximately 75 minutes. Free childcare will be provided. Youth age 13 and older and adults are welcome to attend (by parents/caregiver discretion).