Upcoming Virtual Conversations on LGBTQ+ Parish Ministry
Looking to start or further develop LGBTQ+ ministry at your parish? Join New Ways Ministry staff for sessions on how to do so. Each 60-minute virtual workshop will include a brief presentation on different topics (to be announced), time for small group discussion, and a period for questions. Sign up for one, two, or all three!
Dates (all times in Eastern U.S. Time)
September 20th at 7:00 p.m.
October 16th at 4:00 p.m.
November 19th at 12:00 p.m.
To find the installments in this series that have already been published, click here.
New Ways Ministry has published a series of posts entitled “Next Steps: Developing Catholic LGBTQ Ministry.” This series is designed to help parishioners, pastoral leaders, and church staff members figure out what form LGBTQ ministry should take in their community. The material will help parish community and staff members discern individually and together what the next steps should be to create a more welcoming pastoral environment for LGBTQ people—even if the next steps are your first steps.
To register, please use the form at the bottom of this page.
For the past 12 years, New Ways Ministry has been conducting day-long and weekend “Next Steps” workshops for pastoral staff and volunteers from Catholic parishes who have been interested in opening their doors to LGBTQ people. We’ve worked with scores of parishes to help them initiate an LGBTQ project or to further develop ones that they had already begun. While there is no substitute for working with people in person, we are now making many of our materials and ideas from these workshops available through this course, with the hope that it will stimulate or deepen conversations in Catholic parishes. (We also have a similar program designed to help administrators and other personnel from Catholic schools.)
At the outset, you should know that nowhere in this series will New Ways Ministry tell you what to do at your parish. There’s a good reason for that: we don’t know it. New Ways Ministry has been consulting with parishes, schools, colleges, religious communities, and other Catholic institutions for more than four decades. One thing that we have learned with absolute certainty is that LGBTQ ministry is not a “one-size fits all” endeavor. Every community is different in their ethos, talents, resources, and, most importantly, people. So what will work well in one parish, can be a total failure in another, and vice versa.
So, at New Ways Ministry, we never tell people what to do. Instead, we help them through a process of discernment that helps them decide for themselves what their next steps should be. And we encourage people to think in steps, starting small and building on accomplishments.
While the program is designed for discernment as an individual, it may be helpful to gather a group from your parish to come together for communal reflection and discernment about LGBTQ ministry.