As a former trial attorney, it is not surprising that I have a penchant for public speaking. And, for over twenty years, I have been an adult-ed teacher with a passion for early church history. Thus, I am ready, willing, and able to speak to your group. Church history is my passion, and my speaking typically is about Paul and the early church or the recent LGBT journey toward full inclusion. Of course, these are the subjects of my books.
I’ll be one of the authors at the 11th annual Bloomington (MN) Book Fair on Saturday March 22 at 9:30 am.
The tour starts with a visit to a historic congregation in the heart of San Francisco. Organized in 1849, Old First claims to be the oldest Protestant congregation in California. Pam Byers, formerly executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and a congregational elder, is handling the arrangements. I’ll be there Monday, March 31, at 7:30 pm.
On Tuesday, I’ll cross the Bay to Berkeley and climb “Holy Hill” to the Pacific School of Religion where I’ll be hosted by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Ministry and Religion (CLGS). CLGS will soon enter its fifteenth year of “creative scholarship on the interrelations of religion and sexuality / sexual orientation.” I’ll speak in the Bade Museum beginning at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 1.
After midweek visits with seldom-seen family and friends, I’ll start a busy weekend in greater LA with a book signing event on Friday, April 4, at 7:00 pm. St. Mark is a thriving, 50-year-old suburban congregation that retains a heart for mission.
For a congregation that features Sanctuary Yoga and Sanctuary Hula, an author book signing may be a bit tame. I’ll visit Bethel on Saturday, April 5, at 7:00 pm.
I’ll preach at both services on Sunday morning, April 6 with informal book discussions after each service. This congregation dates to the nineteenth century when it was the only Protestant church in this college town nestled beneath the San Gabriel Mountains on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County. Many of the parishioners are residents of Pilgrim Place “an intellectually/theologically stimulating, ecologically sensitive, personally active environment.”
I’ll move across town for a Sunday afternoon 2:30 event hosted by the local reconciling community. Several of my contacts recommended this congregation as an appropriate venue because of its strong record of support for the LGBT community.
Magers & Quinn book launch
On Tuesday evening April 8th at 6:00 pm, we will be the guests of the popular Uptown Minneapolis bookstore, Magers & Quinn, for a book launch party. Join us for an informal discussion and wine and cheese.
Edina Community Lutheran Church
On Sunday April 27, I will speak to the adult forum of Edina Community Lutheran Church. This Reconciling in Christ congregation has a distinguished history of LGBT support.