Thanks, Nate and Lydia, for the prayers ... and to others who prayed anonymously.
The "Day of Reflection and Conversation" was a blessing for those of us who participated. Thirty people attended. Eight of us were from the sponsoring groups. The others came from all over the region, some as many as three hours away.
There were gay men, lesbians, bisexual men and women, one intersexed person and five trans people in attendance. We were all so comfortable with one another right from the beginning. The Rev. Ann B. Day of the UCC keynoted the day with her usual dry sense of humor and encouraging words on the progress LGBT folks have made in the last 20 years. Her talk included her experiences as an out, partnered, lesbian pastor. We broke into small groups and invited people to tell their stories. We grew so much as we listened to each other and honored each person's story.
Charley, my FTM spouse, and I told our faith stories in the plenary session after lunch. I was nervous, because I have never outted myself so publicly before, but we were met with so much love and affirmation. I've been on Cloud 9 ever since. All in all it was an awesome and awe-inspiring experience.
Thanks for asking.