As part of FUMC’s Reconciling Ministry, we invite LGBTQIA+ community members and their allies to engage in faith reflection and fellowship. This weekly gathering is a collaboration with the online community Q Christian Fellowship and First United Methodist Church which is a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network in the United Methodist denomination. The gathering meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM during the Purdue academic year, and on select dates over the summer and breaks.

The “Brown Bag” Fellowship hour is from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. This is informal time. You are invited to bring in your own meal or snack and share in conversations and friendship at this time.

The Faith Conversations hour is from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. This is a guided conversation by the group leader over a topic chosen by the group. This could be a book discussion, a Bible study, or other faith related project. The time ends with shared prayer concerns and celebrations.

The 2023-24 group leader is Pastor Monica McDougal (she/her). Monica is the pastor of Attica UMC, and is on staff at Trinity UMC Lafayette. She is a graduate of Garrett Theological Seminary and brings her voice and experience as an out member of the LGBTQIA+ Community. Rev. Duane Carlisle (he/him), Lead Pastor of First UMC West Lafayette assists and supports in leadership. Rev. Carlisle also identifies with queer community.

This group is a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ community to explore their faith at the complex intersection of queer identity and Christian beliefs. It is open to all who identify as queer, as well as those who are allies who whole-heartedly support the queer community and allow queer voices to be centered in these conversations.

For more information, please contact:

Group Leader, Monica McDougall (she/her) –

Lead Pastor, Duane Carlisle (he/him) –

Worship & Connections Pastor, Kory Pritchett (he/him) –

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