Turning the Hearts of Parents to their Children 

October 1, 2019

Over the past year, I’ve met with 30+ faith leaders and led LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Trainings for 100+ members of faith communities. The conversations that have flowed out of these consultations and trainings run the gamut, but each one is sacred for its part in furthering LGBTQ+ inclusion in these communities.

Some participants share meaningful stories of family challenge and resilience when a loved one came out. Others reflect on how their community might improve the welcome and inclusion they seek to extend to LGBTQ+ people and their families. Still others candidly declare that, “we just haven’t talked about these things in church before,” and the training becomes a venue for people to learn and ask questions about LGBTQ+ communities and experiences.

I look forward to sharing some of these stories during Plymouth’s Faith Formation hour on October 6. In addition I plan to present about Lambert House’s work and the development of the Faith Leader Engagement Program as well as a brief sampling of the LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Training content.

As always, Lambert House remains grateful to be partnering with Plymouth on this important work, and I’m eager to share about it with you in person October 6.


Dan Hammer
Program Coordinator: Faith Leader Engagement

Funded by a Change Grant from Plymouth, Lambert House’s Faith Leader Engagement Program supports faith leaders in guiding parents to life-giving responses when a young person comes out and in providing helpful spiritual care to LGBTQ+ people and their families.

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