The Wayfarer's Creed

Houghton Equality Ride Events

Posted on: 4 March 2010

Come join us, the 2010 Soulforce Equality Ride, as we bring our message of justice to the Houghton area from March 7th-March 11th.  Following is the schedule as it currently stands so that you and your friends can come and talk with us in the environment that is most comfortable to you.  Please share this schedule with as many people as you are able.  We can’t make friends with you all, if we never have the opportunity to interact!

March 7th,  Arrive in Houghton Sunday evening

March 8th, 12:00pm-8:00pm
Belfast Municipal Building
11 Merton Ave, Belfast, NY

Come talk to us in a space of freedom and safety about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) concerns.  We will also be presenting more formal workshops throughout the day.

3:00 – Myth‐conceptions:
 Facing 
the 
Myths 
and 
Truths 
of 
Sexual 
Orientation 
and 
Gender 
Identity
What
 do 
you 
know 
about 
the 
gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning/intersex/ally
(GLBTQIA) 
community? 

Do 
you 
know 
what 
all 
of 
those 
terms 
mean? 

What 
if 
the 
truths 
you’ve
always 
held 
about 
the 
GLBTQIA
 community 
were 
actually 
myths 
or 
misconceptions?

 
We
will
 attempt 
to 
do 
the 
following:
‐
Provide
 explanations
 of
 gender, 
sexuality 
and
 sexual 
orientation
‐
Explore
 current
 myths
 &
 truths regarding
 sexual 
orientation
 and
 gender 
identity 
using
 an
 evidence‐based
 approach
‐
Discuss
 the 
types
 of 
discrimination 
GLBTQIA
 people 
face 
and 
how 
we 
can 
combat
 discrimination
‐
Have
 an 
open 
dialogue
 and 
answer 
any 
questions 
on 
the 
above 
mentioned 
subjects

4:30 – Christianity
 And 
Justice

An
 in‐depth 
look 
at 
the 
biblical
 call 
to 
justice. 
Participants 
will 
use 
the 
Bible 
to 
define 
justice 
and
 discuss 
the 
history 
of 
the 
Bible’s 
use 
in 
promoting 
equality. 
This 
presentation 
will 
also 
explore
 what 
the 
Bible 
tells 
us 
about 
homosexuality 
and 
examine 
what 
a 
biblical 
view 
of 
justice 
looks
 like 
in 
terms 
of
 sexual 
orientation
 and 
gender 
identity. 
This 
presentation 
also 
includes 
time 
for
 group 
discussion 
and 
questions. 
Topics 
covered 
include:
• Defining 
Justice
• The
 Bible
 and 
Justice:
 Historically 
and 
Presently
• A
 Discussion 
of 
the 
Bible, 
Homosexuality
, 
and 
Justice

6:00 – Bridging
 the 
Gap: 
The
 Intersections 
of 
Faith, 
Sexuality, 
and 
Gender
As 
Christians, 
we 
are 
called 
to 
be 
Christ‐like.
 Through
 the 
works 
and 
life 
of 
Jesus 
Christ, 
the
greatest 
ally 
of 
all 
time,
 we 
are 
taught
 to 
love 
our 
neighbors
 as 
we 
love
 ourselves. 
But 
who 
are
 our 
neighbors? 
In 
this 
presentation, 
we 
will 
discuss 
what 
it 
means 
to 
be 
lesbian, 
gay, 
bisexual,
 and/or 
transgender, 
and
 explore 
practical 
ways 
to 
love 
all 
our 
neighbors 
as 
Jesus 
would.

March 9th, 9:00am-7:00pm
Houghton College

11:15am-12:15pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm – Dieter Board Room, Center for the Arts
Time for open discussion with students, faculty, and staff who wish to talk with us about LGBTQ issues.

4:00pm-5:30pm – Wesley Chapel, College Sponsored Forum
Facilitated by Dr. Michael Lastoria; Dr. Richard Eckley of Houghton College, Kathy Elliot of Agape Counseling Associates of Rochester, NY, and Emily Zahn of the Soulforce Equality Ride, will discuss issues of faith and LGBTQ-folk.

March 10th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Community Potluck
Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church
740 Marshall Rd, Rochester, NY 14624

Come hear the stories of the Riders in this welcoming environment, as we sit down at the table together to enjoy a wholesome meal of food and friendship.

Any questions? email Andrew @ andrew_langdon@equalityride.com

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