September 2017 Special Event:
On September 20th, 2017, we were thrilled to be joined by the CEO of Equality Illinois, Brian C. Johnson. Equality Illinois is a leading civil rights organization for LGBTQ+ Illinoisans that advances equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Brian discussed the struggle for LGBTQ+ equality in a historical and modern context.
2017 Pride Celebration:
The first annual Lighthouse LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration was a huge success! Thank you so much to all of our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible! You took our event from good to spectacular, and we could not be more grateful! We're looking forward to next year! We hope you all had an amazing Pride month!
The Bible is Not a Weapon
We welcomed Pastor Andrea Denney to come speak for a Lighthouse special event based around unpacking and understanding the context for the seven "clobber passages" that challenge homosexuality in the Bible. Andrea spent her youth in an evangelical fundamentalist denomination, and attended Olivet Nazarene University. After college she walked away from the conservative faith tradition of her youth and spent a decade studying what the Bible says about homosexuality. She found her way back to a progressive, inclusive understanding of God. Andrea has spent time in both theologically conservative and progressive faith traditions, and both inform how she approaches biblical texts. Andrea graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016 with an M.Div. and currently serves as the pastor of Calvary United Protestant Church in Park Forest.