March Events in CWC Member Congregations

Are you a CWC Member Congregation? Don’t forget to send you congregation’s events to droginski@clgs.org!

March 7

“I Do. Who Can’t?” – Silicon Valley Leaders on Marriage Equality

The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94105
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program

Speakers: Kathy Levinson, Philanthropist; Co-Chair, LGBT National Finance Committee for Obama
Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Pacific School of Religion; Director, African-American Faith Community Project (Umoja Project), California Faith for Equality

Kathy Levinson will show the documentary “I Do. Who Can’t?”, a film designed to foster discussions about marriage equality. She will discuss marriage equality as a corporate issue, the Silicon Valley leaders who chose to make the film, and her experiences working in the corporate world.
Rev. Stringfellow will discuss his work as a director of ministerial outreach, in which he works with congregations to create dialog on the topic of LGBT equality; for the last three years, he has been involved in having the sometimes difficult discussions around marriage equality.

Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program organizer: Laurie Wagner

Click Here to Register:
http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2012-03-07/i-do-who-cant-silicon-valley-leaders-marriage-equality

That’s Prayer? An Exploration in Christian Prayer; Thursdays in Lent, 11 am-12:30 pm

San Rafael First UMC, 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael

3/8, Praying in Nature—meet at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd; 3/15, Contemplative Prayer; 3/22, Body Prayer; 3/29, Praying Examen; 4/5, Praying with Brokenness. Call 415-453-8716 for more information.
March 9, 2-4 PM

LGBTQ Youth Strategy meeting
RYSE Center, Richmond

March 10, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm

Annual Spring Gathering of Women of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California

Mills Grove Christistian Church, 5410 Fleming, Oakland 94619. 

Featured speakers are Katy Valentine and Betty Franks, reporting on their work with churches in Turkey.  We will put together health kits for women and children in the Oakland shelter.

March 10, 1:30 PM

Documentary:  Dreams Die Hard

Niles Discovery Church, 255 H St., Fremont.

Most of us don’t realize that there are still slaves in America today. More than 40% of human trafficking in California occurs in the Bay Area, yet few of us are aware of the problem.  In fact, however, 18,000 captives are brought to this country every year as victims of human trafficking. Predictably, many of these are young women from the poorest countries.

Dreams Die Hard: Survivors of Slavery in America Tell Their Story is a documentary about this continuing justice problem, introducing us to some of these victims plus the activists who are taking risks to set these slaves free.  Leading the discussion following the film will be Sister Elaine Sanchez of the Sisters of the Holy Family who works with victims, along with an agent from the FBI.  Admission is free.

March 11, 2012 at 11 AM.  Tony Roberts at Celebration Of Faith,

Tony Roberts is a powerful communicator of God’s Word! In 2008, after 25 years of pastoral ministry, God moved Tony into Evangelist ministry within the LGBT Community.  He is an ordain minister and a graduate of Vanguard.  You’ll enjoy his engaging messages and are likely to be introduced to a new thought regarding the Scripture! Tony services are marked by a moving of the Spirit.  People come into a personal relationship with Jesus and filled with the Spirit.  The gift of knowledge and healing are also present in the services.  Miracles take place in those services.  Tony lives in Palm Springs, CA area.
March 11, 7-9 PM

“Love Free or Die” Premier Bay Area Screening
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Dr, San Francisco

Love Free or Die”, winner of a Special Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is a documentary about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since. The film follows Robinson from small town churches in the New Hampshire North Country to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality—inspiring bishops, priests, and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.

March 17, 7 PM

March Confirmation Class Movie Night:  Amazing Grace

Niles Discovery Church, 255 H St., Fremont.

The Confirmation Class invites the whole church and your friends to see Amazing Grace. Based on actual events, this historical drama tells the story of William Wilberforce, an 18th-century English politician who launched an aggressive campaign to abolish British slavery, despite staunch opposition.  Admission is free.

March 17th, 4-7:30 PM

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1300 Fifth Ave., Belmont

Tickets for adults are $15.00 each (wine & beer sold separately; coffee, sodas included); Children”s Hot Dog dinners are $5.00 each.

Reservations are requested by leaving messages on Church Answering Machine 650-593-4844. All are welcome.

We will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, March 24th from 10am – 4pm. This workshop is free and lunch is included. We are asking everyone to register for the workshop. They can do so on our website, which is www.ficcsf.com or christiangayok.com

March 18, 4 PM

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Presents:The Big Blow: A Free Concert for those who appreciate a chord done well.

Peace Lutheran Church
3201 Camino Tassajara, Danville, CA

The band will feature selections from Saint Saens, Borodin, Sousa and more!

More info at : http://www.sflgfb.org

March 21 Healing Service: San Rafael First UMC, 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael, 7-8 pm

a blend of traditional, contemplative hands-on healing and sound-healing music played on indigenous instruments by René Jenkins.

March 24, 2012, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 “Christianity and Homosexuality Reconciled.”

Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church of San Francisco

Urban Life Center
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1031 Franklin (@ O’Farrell)
San Francisco, CA 94109

Presented by Rev. Joseph Adam Pearson, Ph.D.
International President, Christ Evangelical Bible Institute
Who should attend?
• Christian gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders who need to have a firmer foundation in Scripture relative to issues concerning sexual orientation and/or gender identity in order for them to better understand that God loves them just as they are
• Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders who are struggling to come to terms with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the context of Christianity
• Family-of-origin members, significant others, and friends of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders who would like to learn that Christianity and homosexuality are reconcilable
• Non-Christian gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders who would like to learn that Christianity is an option for them
• People who have LGBT-friendly outreaches to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender communities (or, church ministers and members who might like their church to become more LGBT-friendly)
Where will the workshop be offered?

How do I register?
Register online at www.FICCSF.com
The workshop is open to the public and free of charge to all attendees.
Save your seat and register today!
A light lunch will be provided!

 

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