The Spencer Pride Festival takes place on Saturday, June 7th from 10 AM until 5 PM on the lawn of the Owen County Courthouse in Spencer. This year's festival will have a free all-day line-up of live entertainment, as well as a huge marketplace and activities for both adults as well as children. The Spencer Pride Festival is family-friendly and features free admission. Please come join us!
Join us at the Historic Tivoli Theater Viquesny room for an engaging presentation by IU Sociology Professor Bryan Powell. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by WRV PFLAG, Spencer PRIDE, Inc., and Spencer Walmart
Powell is James H. Rudy Professor and Co-Director of the Preparing Future
Faculty program at the Department of Sociology. Brian's research interests have
focused on family sociology, sociology of education, gender, and social psychology.
With grants from the National Science Foundation, American Education Research
Association, and the Spencer Foundation, Brian has examined how families confer
advantages (or disadvantages) to their children and how structural and
compositional features of families (e.g., parental age, family size, birth
order, one vs. two-parent households, inter-racial composition, adoptive vs.
biological parents) influence parental social, intellectual and economic
investments in children. He is especially interested in several increasingly
visible groups of "atypical" family forms: families with older
parents, bi/multiracial families, adoptive families and gay/lesbian families.
A Night at the Tivoli -- This is an event you won't want to miss!
of Monroe, Owen and Greene counties recently designated Rhino's as it newest Safe Place site.
Youth can walk in and ask an employee of Rhino's for help.
Click here for more info: Rhino's
Or visit: rhinosyouthcenter.org
Here is a map: 331 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN
The Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County hosts Project Safe Place. For more information regarding Project Safe Place, contact 812-349-2507.
The 2012 State PFLAG Conference was held in Bloomington, Indiana and hosted by PFLAG's White River Valley chapter. Nearly 40 individuals participated and made this a wonderful success! This year's them, "Validating the V.O.I.D." (Voices of Indiana Diversity), draws from the concept of deeply listening to others to encourage and nurture a secure and healthy self-image.
Saturday April 21st at the Indiana University Mobley Auditorium
Theme: Validating the VOID (Voices of Indiana Diversity)
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Program 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference fee: $20 per person: Includes lunch - Additional Contributions Welcome!
Great Speakers, Panelists, Door Prizes and a wealth of information
Free Kinsey Institute and I.U. Museum of Art Tours following the conference at 3:30
For secure on-line registration payment please click here.
To register by mail send check or money order for $20 each registration to:
White River Valley PFLAG | P.O. Box 585
| Spencer, Indiana 47460
Thank you! Your White River Valley Conference Team: Cathy Wyatt and Kathryn Brown
Just a reminder:
We'll be meeting at the Spencer Presbyterian Church's Cornerstone Hall March 18th at 4:00 p.m. for our monthly PRIDE/PFLAG meeting. We have lots of exciting things to discuss - Hope to see you there!
Spencer, IN - Reverend Jeff Miner, author of The Children are Free and pastor at LifeJourney Church in Indianapolis, was the special guest at the October meeting of the White River Valley PFLAG on Sunday in downtown Spencer. The meeting was held at the Spencer Presbyterian Church Cornerstone Hall and had been a well-publicized community event.
The Reverend had been invited to speak at this special PFLAG event as a part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Month. It was one of several events coordinated by White River Valley PFLAG and Spencer Pride Inc., both local not-for-profit organizations based in Owen County. Just two weeks ago the two organizations had organized a screening and community dialogue of the critically-acclaimed film Bullied: A Student, A School, and a Case that Made History.
Cathy Wyatt, president of the White River Valley PFLAG, introduced Rev. Miner after first allowing some time for mingling and the gathering of refreshments. PFLAG members donated a variety of snacks for attendees to enjoy and Spencer Pride Inc. provided bottled water for guests.
After his introduction by Wyatt, Miner described his own background to the group. He was born and raised in Indianapolis where his family attended a fundamentalist church. After feeling a calling towards ministry, he pursued and received an undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Later Miner, went on to graduate with Honors from Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, he served as Deputy Chief Counsel for Legislative Affairs at a federal banking agency in Washington, D.C. During his time in D.C., Miner began preparing for the clergy at the Metropolitan Community Church’s Samaritan Clergy Training Program. After practicing law for 13 years, Miner left Washington, D.C. to take on his first pastorate role at LifeJourney Church in Indianapolis in 1997. He has been with LifeJourney Church since then. Miner lives with his same-gender spouse of twenty-one years, David.
Reverend Miner went on to talk about the origins of his popular book, The Children are Free, which was co-authored by fellow pastor Tyler Connoley. The book was written as a summation of current theological interpretations of homosexuality in the Bible – not based on new, original research by Miner or Connoley.
To understand his audience, Miner asked that each attendee speak about their own faith background. One by one, each person spoke about the origins of their faith, their current religious participation, and often, why they attended the PFLAG event. Individuals in attendance represented a wide variety of local churches, including the Spencer Presbyterian Church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, and the Bloomington First United Methodist Church. There were also people who expressed other forms of faith, or no religious affiliation at all. At least one local church leader was present.
The focus of the book, as well as of the Reverend’s talk at Sunday’s event, was about Biblical examples of homosexuality – including examples of Jesus affirming a same-sex relationship. He also spoke about his church’s current “Who Stole Jesus?” campaign, which he said was the result of frustrations with many main-stream denominations who have used the words of Jesus Christ to promote intolerance and prejudice. Being a man of deep faith, Miner sees the campaign as an effort to reign in the identity-theft of Jesus and to re-educate the public about Jesus’ actual life and words.
Reverend Miner spoke for nearly 90 minutes and afterward, took comments and questions from the audience. The attendees were all very engaged in the post-lecture conversation. Many had already read his book; some read it years ago while others had done so recently because of the publicity around his visit to Spencer.
One audience question was raised about the reception of the book by fundamentalist churches. Reverend Miner said that although at first fundamentalists often do not appreciate the value of the book’s contents, often his Bible-based arguments help to open minds and encourage constructive thought about one’s own faith and beliefs. Miner, who has spoken on this same topic in a variety of lectures, debates, and interviews, indicated that he often surprises others with his scripture-focused message.
“They expect me to come in and say that ‘God is Love’ and talk about this topic in a very generic way,” Miner told the group. “They don’t expect that I am prepared to argue chapter and verse, which I do.” The Reverend’s passion was clear.
Having run out of time to continue the conversation, Reverend Miner ended the formal discussion and invited individuals to speak with him afterward if they had additional comments, questions, or concerns about the topic at hand. Reverend Miner had a line of people wishing to speak with him for at least another thirty minutes after the conclusion of his talk.
This was the first time that Reverend Jeff Miner had visited Spencer, although he was familiar with the community due to members of his congregation who live in Spencer. He was happy to have been invited and expressed an interest to return – especially if any local church leaders were interested in a conversation about homosexuality in the Bible.
“I can’t say how excited that we were to be able to have Reverend Jeff Miner attend our PFLAG event in Spencer,” said Cathy Wyatt. “His message is powerful and encourages self-reflection about important topics.”
For more information about White River Valley PFLAG, please visit www.WhiteRiverValleyPFLAG.org or call president Cathy Wyatt at 812-829-7896.
For more information about LifeJourney Church, or the ‘Who Stole Jesus?” campaign, please visit www.LifeJourneyChurch.cc.
White River Valley PFLAG was founded in 2006 and serves Spencer, Bloomington, Martinsville, and the surrounding communities in south central Indiana. Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 200,000 members and supporters in more than 500 chapters throughout the United States. White River Valley PFLAG is a proud member of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce.
White River Valley PFLAG
This Sunday October 16th 4 - 6 p.m.
Meet Jeff Miner, the author of The Children are Free: Reexamining th Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships. Join us at the Spencer Presbyterian Church - Cornerstone Hall on Washington Street in Spencer, Indiana. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.