‘A la Familia’ Premiering in Omaha, NE
June 6, 2012 by HRC staff
The following post comes from HRC Religion & Faith Program Assistant Michael Toumayan:
For the first time in the “Cornhusker State”– the State of Nebraska – the HRC Religion and Program’s “A la Familia” training will premier! This workshop will be held in the Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha, located at 819 22nd Street in Omaha, on June 8 at 6:30pm, and on June 9th at 9am.
“A la Familia” is a facilitated bilingual dialogue about faith, family, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The guide is a map for families of Latin@ LGBT individuals who struggle with the roles of religion and families. Familia is the cornerstone of Latin@ culture. “More than any other factor, familia is where we are rooted and where go to in times of difficulty,” said Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, coordinator of the facilitated bilingual dialogue.
The purpose of the training is to engage in the difficult work of reconciling faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and familia by tackling important questions like what happens our refuge of faith and family are taken away due to certain religious convictions? How do we as, family members of LGBT people, study the good book and come to a different conclusion, one of support, that embraces all of our family members and celebrates our beliefs all at once?
A feedback session and planning for future Latin@ LGBT activism in Nebraska will take place on Sunday, June 10th, from 6 PM to 8 PM. Location is to be announced at the Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha on June 8th and 9th at the workshop sessions.
More information about the A La Familia guide can be found here.