Supporting the LGBTQ Community Workshop


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April 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hickey Hall
620 Romeo Rd
Rochester,MI 48307
Continuing Education Workshop

Supporting Families and Individuals in the

LGBTQ Community

Tuesday, April 25

7 – 8:30 p.m. in Hickey Hall

This program is designed for Stephen Ministers, Parish Nurses, Clergy/ staff and others in the community who would like to learn more about how we as people of faith can support families and individuals in the LBGTQ community.  Topics to be considered include:

  • Myths versus facts about LGBTQ identity
  • Initial reactions to statements of discovery
  • How do you keep lines of communication open?
  • How do you care for people in the journey of discovery?
  • Coping with judgment
  • What resources are available in Oakland County for the LGBTQ community?
  • Process from discovery to acceptance.
  • How homophobia and heteronormativity hurts everyone.

Please join us.  Light Refreshments will be served.

To register, call St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 248-651-9361 by April 18.


Speakers include:

Pat Horton

Pat received his Sexuality Education and  Clinical Counseling training at Oakland University, as part of his MA degree in Counseling Psychology (1978). Pat received advanced Sexuality SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment) training from F. Paul Pearsal, PhD, Director of the Problems of Daily Living Clinic at Sinai Hospital  Department of Psychiatry and Continuing Education Director-The Kinsey Institute for Sexuality Research, winter of 1979.

As an adjunct Instructor at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey (1996-2000), and later as Community Outreach and Sexual Health Educator for Planned Parenthood, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo(2004-2009), Pat taught Human Sexuality and General Psychology courses. Pat is certified to teach the faith-based sexuality curriculum, “Our Whole Lives:  Sexuality and Our Faith” focused on developmental years from 7th grade through end of life.  Since his retirement, Pat consults on Human Sexuality and LGBTQ issues with communities of Faith, as well as hosting an internet radio program, “The Sexual Literacy Project”, Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. (www.W4DIVAS.Com.)

Pat is current board co-chair of Inclusive Justice: “Together in Faith”, an LGBT statewide multi-faith, multi-denominational advocacy, educational & public policy collaborative. In addition, Pat serves on the board of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (, and the Sexual Orientation and Gender identity Youth Action Council (SOGI-YAC), Saginaw Community Mental Health.

Stephanie Lang

Stephanie has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and holds her Academy of Certified Social workers credential (ACSW), is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), and a Certified Clinical Supervisor for the State of Michigan (CCS-M).  She has worked in the field of social work since 1995 in many capacities, including intake, assessment, screening therapist, supervisor, clinical director, community organizer, field liaison, trainer, professor, researcher, and prevention specialist.  Her personal volunteer work has included Hospice of Michigan, Beaumont Hospital Parenting Program, Girl Scouts, Camp Talahi, and her church.  Since 1999, Stephanie has been employed by Dakota High School as the Student Assistance Specialist. In 2012 she took on the role of District Reproductive Health Supervisor for Chippewa Valley Schools.  Her consulting work currently includes Department of Health and Human Services as a Statewide Trainer, Macomb County Community Mental Health as a member of the Clinical Strategies Improvement Team, Macomb Intermediate School District and Oakland Schools, a Trainer for HIV Certification and Michigan Model for Health, and a local speaker on LGBTQ teen issues in school and community.   She is on several local advisory boards for non-profit organizations.

Ryan and Linda Haywood

Linda and Ryan founded Rainbow Crossing at the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor in 2005.  Since spearheading this effort to welcome LGBTQA persons into full participation in the life of the church, they have spoken about the process and about how allies can aid in making progress happen.  Among other places, they have spoken at:

  • The annual Reconciling Ministries network convocation held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN
  • Various United Methodist churches throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana
  • The annual ministry fair of the Episcopal Archdiocese of Detroit
  • Private homes holding meetings for the purpose of making progress happen.