"Knit Together in Unity & Love" is a conference for LGBTQ/SSA Mormons, their families, friends, and church leaders that will be held in Los Angeles, CA over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in January 2016. ALL are welcome! Please invite all who may be interested.
The theme of this conference comes from Mosiah 18:21 in the Book of Mormon: "...Having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another."
Friday and Sunday activities are free and open to anyone. Please register and pay for Saturday.
Los Angeles, CA
This conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Registration is now open and is $79/person to cover food and other conference related expenses for the weekend.
Collecting Donations for AIDS Project LAWe are collecting donations for the AIDS Project LA. Please bring what you can from the following:
Friday Evening: Home in LA Area
10393 Glenbarr Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Saturday: Loyola-Marymount University
1 Loyola Marymount University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Sunday: Loyola-Marymount University
1 Loyola Marymount University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Loyola-Marymount University Parking
Visitors must access the campus via the main entrance off Lincoln Blvd. Once you turn on LMU Dr, the first entrance to the University Hall Parking Garage - Level P2/P3 - will be on your right.
There are many hotels in the LA Area and near Loyola-Marymount University/LAX. You may also want to consider staying with friends or family in the LA Area or going in on a shared vacation rental with others. For those with financial difficulties who need lodging, we will be identifying some host families to help provide.
JANUARY 15th 2016
|7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||Opening Potluck Social
Please Bring a Side Dish or Dessert if Able
JANUARY 16th 2016
|8:30 am - 9:00 am||Registration and Socializing|
|9:00 am - 10:15 am||Opening Program
Speaker - Sara Jade Woodhouse "Policy & Family"
Speaker - Joshua Christensen "Thriving as a Gay Mormon"
Speaker - Christie Frandsen "A Mother's Perspective"
|10:15 am - 10:30 am||Break|
|10:30 am - 11:30 am||Workshops Round 1
Some of the Topics:
- You and the Church: Navigating a way forward post policy change - what this means to you, your family and ward
- You and You - Coming to Self-Acceptance & Finding A Positive Path Forward for Your Life
- You and God - Nuturing Your Relationship with the Divine
- You and Your Family - Navigating Challenges with Family Members
- You as an Ally - Learning how to be an effective Ally for LGBT Mormons
- You as Leader: A session for LDS Church leaders who want to learn how to better minister to LGBT Mormons, their families and friends
|11:30 - 12:15 pm||Barbecue Picnic Lunch Provided|
|12:15 pm - 1:15 pm||Workshops Round 2 (repeat above topics)|
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Workshops Round 3 (repeat above topics)|
|2:30 pm - 6:30 pm||Recreational Activities - (for those interested, we will go to the nearby beaches and attractions; others may go to LA museums)|
|7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||Evening Banquet and Program (Loyala-Marymount University)
Speaker - Craig Pulsipher "AIDS Project LA"
Speaker - Jorge Valencia "Supporting and Empowering our LGBT Young People"
Speaker - Carol Lynn Pearson: "Creating your own personal policy"
JANUARY 17th 2016
|10:00 am - 11:15 am||Sunday Devotional
Speaker - Laura Dulin "Responding to Trauma as a LGBT Mormon"
Speaker - Tom Christofferson "The Character of Christ"
Speaker - Berta Marquez "Developing a Relationship with God Independent of The Church's Actions"
|11:15 am - 11:30 am||Break|
|11:30 am - 12:45 pm||Story Sharing / Testimony Meeting|
|1:00 pm - 3:00 pm||Lunch and socializing (box lunch included for those who registered)|
Get ready to be inspired, expand your horizons, and enrich your life. Check back for more updates!
Jorge Valencia began his tenure as the Point Foundation’s Executive Director in January 2007. He brings to Point a wealth of experience in managing and growing nonprofit organizations, a proven ability to design and manage the infrastructure of expanding organizations and extensive experience with, and sensitivity to, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth issues. Jorge served as President and Executive Director of The Trevor Project from 2001 — 2006. The Trevor Project is a nationwide non-profit organization established to promote acceptance of gay and questioning teenagers and to aid in suicide prevention by operating the nation’s first round-the-clock toll-free suicide prevention helpline aimed at LGBT youth. Under Jorge’s guidance, The Trevor Project increased its operational budget by 800% and its foundation-based grant funds by 900%. He created and managed its major donor program and expanded its volunteer pool to more than 500. Jorge’s leadership contributed to Trevor’s growth as a nationally recognized youth service organization, and he continues to serve on the Trevor Project’s Leadership Council.
Carol Lynn Pearson
Carol Lynn Pearson is one of the most successul Mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time. Her book "Goodbye, I Love You" about the death of her gay husband from AIDS took the world by storm in 1986. Her musical "My Turn on Earth" is one of the most successful Mormon musicals of all time. Carol Lynn has spent all her years since "Goodbye, I Love You" as an advocate for both women and gays within Mormonism.
Laura recently completed her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at San Diego State University with an emphasis on therapies especially suited to multicultural contexts. During her time there, Laura began to feel it was important to not only continue to honor her life-long Mormon faith and 11 yr. marriage to her husband, John, but to also further honor her homosexuality and the broader diversity of experiences amongst all LGBT/SSA people.
Joshua Christensen is a fashion designer living in Los Angeles well known for his appearance on the hit Lifetime series, Project Runway. Joshua has designed for world wide labels and is currently working for his own line. He has shown at fashion weeks across the states and internationally. Joshua studied fashion design in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, top of his class and completed the grad program in menswear design. Joshua was adopted at birth and is the second of six kids in his Mormon family. His lovely mother passed away from cancer when Joshua was 23. He served a mission to Argentina and received a degree in art history from BYU. Joshua currently resides in LA and attends his ward there.
Sara Jade Woodhouse
Sara Jade Woodhouse is a transgender woman active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She has been a professor of film at Salt Lake Community College for the past 13 years and acts professionally in theatre, film, and television. Sara Jade is an accomplished writer and currently working on an auto-biography. She has volunteered with Mormons Building Bridges and seeks to promote better understanding of transgender people everywhere.
Christie is an active volunteer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, PTA, Hospice Care, March of Dimes, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She has been a speaker at Women’s, Youth and Single Adult Conferences. Her hobbies include hiking and camping with her family, playing the flute, singing, reading, and preparing lessons. In 1992, she was the recipient of “Honored Alumni” Award from Brigham Young University. She has taught early morning Seminary for 16 years.
Craig Pulsipher is the State Affairs Specialist at AIDS Project Los Angeles. Craig oversees HIV and healthcare policy, legislation, budget, and political strategy at the state level and participates in community collaborations on a broad range of HIV and health related issues. Craig received graduate degrees in Public Policy and Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles where he conducted extensive research on various LGBTQ and HIV related issues. Craig was also an intern for the Law and Policy Project at Lambda Legal and the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign. Craig received a BA in psychology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Berta currently works with several organizations that work at the intersection of Mormonism and the LGBT community, including Mormons for Marriage, Affirmation, Mormons Building Bridges, Mama Dragons, Out in Zion, Utah LGBTQ Stories and LDS Walk With You. She has collaborated with Equality Utah and the ACLU on social justice work specific to LGBT rights and is working with Operation Shine America which works with and advocates for homeless youth, which is perhaps her greatest passion. She and her wife live in Springville, Utah. They regularly work with and minister to LDS LGBT youth and young adults in crisis. All of her work is focused on improving conditions for LGBT youth and elevating the conversation and work surrounding the LDS LGBT community.
Tom Christofferson is the former Chief Marketing Officer of J.P. Morgan Investor Services in New York City. Tom’s career in asset management and banking has given him opportunities to live and work in Europe and the US. Additionally, he has twice served on the global diversity council for his firm, and continues to be a senior sponsor there of its Pride business resource group. Tom was born in Utah and grew up in New Jersey, Illinois and Utah. He served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Canada Montreal Mission. Before and after his missionary service, Tom attended BYU.