Leading From The Margins: Crazy, misfit, rebel, heretic, apostate, troublemaker
Saturday, 11:00am | Lecture Hall
Crazy, misfit, rebel, heretic, apostate, troublemaker: that is how many of us have been labeled. But every big movement of God comes from the marginalized. We are the ones who change the world. This intimate session powerfully liberates the marginalized to own their power, to make their voice heard, to love and be loved.
My journey—from a leader in the nonaffirming, conservative church to now being a fierce, fulltime advocate, a loving Mom of two LGBTQI children, and a prominent voice for faith parents—provides me with a unique, powerful perspective and platform.
I use real-life stories of courage and resistance to restore, encourage and reframe people in the margins, to empower them to action and to become future leaders—whether LGBTQI, POC, or other community, families, and friends.
This space brings genuine love and compassion. Join me.
SUSAN COTTRELL is the prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children. She is an international speaker, author and spiritual director. Through her nonprofit, Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with characteristic tender-heartedness as she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with wise insistence that love of God and others is the foundation of faith. She spent 25 years in the nonaffirming Evangelical church, is President of FreedHearts, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, served as VP of PFLAG Austin, and was featured on ABC’s 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America. Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith (Westminster John Knox Press), and True Colors – Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You, are endorsed by HRC, PFLAG, Gay Christian Network and others. She has been married 30 years, has five children, two of whom are LGBTQI, and lives in Austin.
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