Monthly Social and Educational Opportunities
One of the defining characteristics of community is fellowship. Even though we all have completely unique stories, they are all woven and spun together through our affiliation with each other. To this end, we are always looking for ways to connect with each other in a wide variety of settings through socials, community forums, and service projects. The goal is to find and build meaningful relationships through shared interests and activities.
On the third Thursday of each month, the members of Grafted gather at various local hot spots to enjoy great food, drinks, and activities. Check back here often to learn more about our monthly socials!
GRAFTED HAPPY HOUR
We know how tough it is to get out of the house during the colder months. So we've put together some indoor activities for you during the winter and early spring. Our once-per-quarter Happy Hours are a way for you to stay as warm and toasty as possible while still having some time to get together with your Grafted friends. Check back here often for information on our next Happy Hour.
Three times a year, Grafted sponsors Community Forums to foster discussion and introspection around various topics of interest in the LGBTQ and Christian communities.
The Church Is Queer with Rev. Lenny Duncan
When: Wednesday, Feb 27 at 7 PM
Where: The Chapel at St. Bart's Church
Reverend Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.
Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Rev. Duncan's first book, Dear Church: A love Letter from a Black preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S., offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice.
It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.
Join us in the chapel at St. Bart's Church for our winter forum as Lenny reads "The Church is Queer", an excerpt from Dear Church, discusses the role of the church in dismantling white supremacy, and takes questions from our audience. Guests of the forum will receive a free preview of the book, and a reception will be held afterwards with drinks and refreshments provided.
You can pre-order Dear Church here.
We'll see you there!
Past Forum topics include:
Holding Onto Faith as LGBTQ Christians with Matthew Vines
Reclaiming Desire with Isaac Archuleta
Lost Is a Place, Too with Paula Williams
A Theology of Singleness with Molly Jane Layton
If you identify as female, gender expansive, gender queer, gender fluid, a-gender, other gendered, or non-male, F+GNC is the place for you. Join us for catch up time and activities.
Other Grafted events (hikes, art walks, special gatherings etc.) and service projects will be featured here when available.