Workshops and conference talks explored the themes of holy listening, belonging, self-acceptance, faith, family, service, spiritual independence, commitment, and navigating one’s relationship with the church.

It’s always the time to offer our love and care to those in pain. We strongly encourage fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, relatives and leaders to protect their loved ones, especially LGBT youth who are exposed to ridicule which has caused suicides.

The senseless violence that occurred this morning in Orlando increased the particular sense of vulnerability that LGBTQ+ people live with every day. Jesus ignored the social norms that spell out the who, when and what of the Kingdom. We advocate avoidance of public discourse that undermines human dignity, instead promoting fruits of the Spirit such as love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, temperance, and meekness.

It is a reminder to all of us of the vital importance of the entire world community standing together against all forms of hatred and intolerance, to build a beloved community where none need fear being singled out because of who they are, because of how they worship, or because of whom they love. To be born queer is to be born into a second family which is only discovered later in life.

Those attending said the weekend recharged them to move forward with their lives, knowing God loves them and understands them individually.

Believe that your Heavenly Parents spiritually put you here to have this life.

You don’t have to do it to someone else’s timing or model, because even though you may appear to be like others your spiritual plan is to return with more light, your light on your own time and way and plan.

Every organization has individuals working within it whose leadership skills and commitment to service to others combine in such a way that they make a real difference in the lives of others and in the mission of the organization.

Affirmation has such individuals, and we would like to recognize and honor them.

Each year, should a suitable candidate be nominated, an award for outstanding leadership and service is presented at the annual conference.

We need safe spaces to discuss and work through the pain that has just been inflicted upon our fellow humans, upon members of our community. All persons are of worth: free and slave, women and men.

Let’s do everything within our power to create communities of safety and refuge. Everything is upside down and no one is excluded from the Kingdom as unworthy.