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God’s Beloved Queer: Awakening & Flourishing the Queer Soul

Lit red candle next to "God's Beloved Queer" in a rainbow colored font with "Awakening & Flourishing the Queer Soul" underneath

October 26, 2019 | Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Registration Fee: $15
Online Regsitration Deadline: October 23rd

Click here to register now

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is heading on the road with Dr. Rolf Nolasco to bring his workshop, "God's Beloved Queer: Awakening & Flourishing the Queer Soul" to Minneapolis! Nolasco is professor of pastoral theology as well as a trained psychotherapist and the author of numerous books, including his latest, God’s Beloved Queer. All are welcome to attend this workshop, in particular LGBTQIA+ persons and those who work in and with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Questions? Contact us at connectional.learning@garrett.edu.

About the Workshop

This workshop delineates from an integrative perspective what it means for queer folks to anchor their identity as God’s Beloved. Sustained attention will be given to their interior life alongside specific psychological and spiritual practices that will help awaken, nourish, and flourish the queer soul. This interactive workshop is meant to be conversational and reflective, and is committed to privileging the voices of the queer community.

Schedule

Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

God’s Beloved Queer:  Awakening & Flourishing the Queer Soul with Dr. Rolf Nolasco

  • Part I: Queering Identity
    • Core Question: What does it mean to be God’s Beloved Queers?
  • Part II: Queer Attachments
    • Core Question: How might we describe the basic psychological needs and affective experiences of queer folks?
  • Part III: Queer Soul Habits
    • Core Question: What kind of psychological and spiritual resources might help facilitate the awakening and flourishing of the queer soul?
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Garrett-Evangelical Luncheon for Garrett-Evangelical alums, friends, current and prospective students, trustees, faculty, and staff

Workshop Leader: Dr. Rolf Nolasco

Dr. Rolf Nolasco

Dr. Rolf NolascoDr. Rolf Nolasco is professor of pastoral theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011) and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016), which seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology.  His latest book is God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, 2019). Nolasco is also currently working on a new book, Depression, Dark Night of the Soul, and Joy (Cascade Books, 2020).

Registration and Childcare Information

Registration

The registration fee for this workshop is $15. Current or prospective Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary students may attend for free, but registration is still required. Scholarships are also available. Please contact the Connectional Learning Office at Garrett-Evangelical to learn more.

Click here to register now

Online registration will be open until Wednesday, October 23rd.


Childcare

Free childcare is available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children birth-8 years old. Please make your reservation by contacting Lynne Carroll at lynne@haumc.org. Reservations will be accepted until Wednesday, October 23rd. Please bring a nut-free snack and lunch for your child. 

Directions and Parking

Hennepen Avenue United Methodist Church is located at 511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Registrants are welcome to park in the church parking lot on the day of the workshop.

Driving from the North

From I-94 East Bound, Take Exit 231B Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue.

Cross Dunwoody Blvd. Turn Left on Oak Grove (on south edge of Loring Park), then Right on Clifton Place. When you reach Groveland Avenue, turn Left, then turn Right into the Church Parking Lot.

Driving from the South

From I-35W North Bound, take Exit 16A to I-94 West Bound. Do not join 94, take Exit 231B Hennepin/Lyndale. Keep right as you exit.

After Dell Place, turn right into the parking lot from the off-ramp, before you reach the building.

Driving from the East

From I-94 West Bound, take Exit 231B Hennepin/Lyndale. Keep right as you exit.

After Dell Place, turn right into the parking lot from the off-ramp, before you reach the building.

Driving from the West

From 394 East Bound, take Exit 8A Dunwoody Blvd. Turn Right on Hennepin/Lyndale Ave. South Bound.

Cross Dunwoody Blvd. Turn Left on Oak Grove (on south edge of Loring Park), then Right on Clifton Place. When you reach Groveland Avenue, turn Left, then turn Right into the Church Parking Lot.

 

About Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary serves the church, the academy, and the world by preparing public theologians and scholars. We equip our students to proclaim the good news of the Gospel, to foster deep spirituality in the lives of others, to serve with cultural competence and commitment to racial equity, and to lead transformative change for the wellbeing of all persons and creation.

About Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As an intergenerational worshiping community, we journey with open hearts to feel, open minds to learn, and a passion to serve. Learn more at HAUMC.org.