The workshop from noon to 2 pm follows the 10:30 am service titled “SPORK and Friends,” during which guest speaker CB Beal, M.Div., and Rev. Jude will explore and celebrate Beloved Community, gender, inclusion and justice. (Note: The workshop is open to youth in eighth grade and up.)

In the workshop, Mind Your T’s and Q’s: Radical Welcome for Trans* Folk, co-sponsored by the Committee on Ministry (COM) and Social Justice Ministry, we will explore gender diversity and our collective responsibility to host a radical welcome for trans* (transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming). This conversation, part five of the Welcoming Conversation series COM began in September, is for anyone who wants to learn more about gender diversity and support people whose gender is not what our society has taught us to typically expect. Participants should be willing to explore the ways their own experience of gender isn’t the only experience of gender. CB will create a space for both trans* and cisgender people and invite both curiosity and witness.  We will hold space to explore gender and gender identity in new ways so that we can better be the beloved community, a community of justice, equity and love. Any questions? Contact Liza Burby at lizaburby@gmail.com.

Speaker Bio: CB Beal, M.Div. (they/them/theirs) specializes in facilitating learning experiences that involve issues of diversity, inclusion, marginalization, oppression and privilege; helping participants hold the complexities of our lives in perspective, and co-creating a safe[r] brave[r] space within which people can be challenged to learn and grow.  hey are a frequent presenter and consultant in congregations and schools in Preemptive Radical Inclusion as well as creating safer communities/congregations, and supporting gender creative and transgender/non-binary children and youth in congregations, schools and youth-serving organizations.  They are an Our Whole Lives trainer and trainer of trainers and teach Awesomely Awkward sexuality and consent education to elementary and middle schoolers around Massachusetts. Learn more at JusticeAndPeaceConsulting.com