The Reformation Project

Orlando National Conference

Click here to register now for The Reformation Project's national conference on LGBTQ inclusion in the church! Equip yourself with the tools needed to create change in your church, including: 

  • First-rate teaching from leading biblical scholars and theologians to help you learn how to talk about the Bible and LGBTQ inclusion;
  • Inspiring keynotes and workshops from LGBTQ Christians at the forefront of the movement;
  • An intersectional approach centering marginalized voices, including people of color, women, and transgender people;
  • Worship, community, and new friendships with those who are also passionate about advancing LGBTQ inclusion.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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To kick off the conference, the Rev. Brit Barron will equip us with an intersectional framework for how to approach our advocacy work. As a pastor at New Abbey Church in Pasadena and a spiritual director at The Christian Closet, an online counseling practice for LGBTQ Christians, she’s spent the last ten years of her life in ministry, and you can watch her talk, “The Church Needs to Get Bigger,” here

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Tammye Hicks is a Christian wife, mother, teacher, community advocate, and church leader. She has spent the last thirty one years of her life serving as a teacher (mother) to thousands of children who are considered by society as "at-risk." She lives a lifestyle of, "I am not on this planet for myself, but for the betterment of humanity." Her strong Christian faith has helped her overcome many obstacles in life including the challenges of single parenthood and breast cancer.

Her faith and her own struggle with acceptance of her son who is gay has also led her to become a change agent for the faith community to reflect the teachings of Christ in practice. Tammye has a goal of being a life-long learner. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Science, a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. God has made provisions for her to share her message of unconditional love by being chosen as a hero on the Netflix series "Queer Eye." Tammye (Mama Tammye) currently spends time interacting with fans around the world affirming God's love.

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Myles Hicks was born with a heart to serve. After coming out as gay at the age of 14 and continuing throughout the years to come, he became an ambassador of service as he branched out by participating in various leadership and community service organizations, including C5 Youth Foundation of Georgia, Habitat for Humanity, and Books for Africa. As life progressed, Myles began dedicating his summers by guiding at-risk youth in the Metro Atlanta area while also dedicating the rest of his time serving as a mentor to LGBT youth of rural Georgia to help get them into college. Yet through all of that, Myles still yearned for personal growth and acceptance. Transitioning into adulthood, he put himself first by seeking the assistance of Queer Eye’s Fab Five to help him in realizing his full potential, unapologetically be himself and act as a beacon of light for those in dark places.

Myles is now a full-time funeral director’s apprentice with hopes of someday opening a funeral home committed to serving members of the LGBTQIA+ community and HIV/AIDS victims in their time of need.

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On our closing night, the Rev. Stanley Ramos will encourage us as he shares his personal journey and how he started the first affirming Spanish-language church service in Orlando this summer. As Associate Pastor at Joy Metropolitan Community Church and faculty at the University of Central Florida in social work, his ministry focuses on the Latinx LGBTQ community of Central Florida. 

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of your theological beliefs. 

Look over the conference schedule here. Keep checking this page for more speaker announcements in the coming days and weeks!

Learn more about sunny Orlando, Florida here.

Academy for Racial Justice

As LGBTQ and straight people of faith, how do we make our movement for LGBTQ affirmation and inclusion fully anti-oppressive? Join us as we answer this question during our daylong racial justice training. Spots are limited. Learn more and sign up here. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

To make our conference accessible for all to attend, we offer a limited number of scholarships based on financial need. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please download the application here and submit to mmarkham@reformationproject.org before September 14, 2018. 

If you would like to give to the scholarship fund in order to help others who would not otherwise be able to attend, please donate to The Reformation Project here.

VOLUNTEER

We depend greatly on our committed and enthusiastic volunteers every year to make our conference successful. If you're interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@reformationproject.org. Volunteers are asked to commit six hours of their time and receive a discounted registration price. 

Event Details

WHEN:                      
October 18, 2018 at 6pm - October 20, 2018 at 9:30pm
Conference schedule

WHERE:
First United Methodist Church
142 E Jackson St.
Orlando, FL 32801
Google map and directions


Events sponsored by The Reformation Project may be photographed or video-recorded by independent media outlets. We recognize some participants would prefer not to appear in media coverage or promotional material. Such participants will be given different colored lanyards for their name badges. While this effort has proven largely successful in other conferences, we cannot guarantee it. By registering for the conference, you are agreeing that your image may appear in media or promotional material.

All registrations are non-refundable.