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.
In the summer, what's more exciting than some outdoor fun and catch up time with your friends? Grafted Socials occur monthly from May to October and will typically include an outdoor activity and some catch up time over drinks and food. The latest information about Socials can be found here.
Annual Christmas Potluck
When: Saturday, December 14 from 6-10 PM
Where: Shaw Contract (853 Broadway)
Join us at our annual potluck, as we celebrate the Christmas season overlooking Union Square in all its holiday glory. There will be Christmas activities and a photo corner for you to capture the evening with your friends.
We'll also be accepting donations of non-perishable foods for City Harvest at the party. Feel free to bring something along to donate. If you're not able to make it to the party this year, you can drop off a food donation at our East Side or Hell's Kitchen small groups any time until the end of the year. A list of their most-needed food items can be found here.
Bring a snack to share and we'll provide the drinks!
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. Information for these gatherings can be founder when available.
Healing on Purpose with Kyndra Frazier
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 7 PM
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd
Join us for our Fall Forum where Kyndra Frazier will be discussing her intersectional work as a clinical social worker, Executive Director of the HOPE Center, Associate Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church, and a filmmaker of the episodic documentary series A Love Supreme: Black, Queer, and Christian in the South.
This series is a long-overdue heart-to-heart between Black LGBTQ+ people, their families, and The Black Church. Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Kyndra and Katina Parker, the film series follows eight Black families who are struggling to reconcile the religious bigotry that they have learned from the pulpit with the immense love they have for their LGBTQ+ family members. Kyndra will connect these intersections through sharing her own personal narrative.
Refreshments will be provided afterwards.
Past Forum topics include:
The Gift of Being Queer with Julie Rodgers
Holding Onto Faith as LGBTQ Christians with Matthew Vines
The Church is Queer with Rev. Lenny Duncan
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 monthly for catch up time and activities.
Outings & Service Projects
Other Grafted events (hikes, art walks, special gatherings etc.) and service projects will be featured here when available.
Ice Skating with New Alternatives
Where: Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 AM
This month, our volunteer group is heading to the Winter Village at Bryant Park for ice skating with LGBTQ+ youth from New Alternatives.
We'll enjoy a couple hours of skating and then take the kids for a meal nearby afterwards. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve as a positive role model and an encouraging presence for a group of LGBTQ+ youth in our City who are experiencing homelessness.
Please arrive at the rink at 10:30 AM. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Nathan DiCamillo, our Volunteer Coordinator.
Grafted has set aside limited funding to sponsor transportation/admission costs for members who cannot afford to attend certain events. If you would like to receive assistance, please contact us at to determine eligibility.