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Helping Faith Parents Unconditionally Love and Accept their LGBTQ Children
Lead by Example
Susan Cottrell, FreedHearts
Workshop Block 5: Sunday, October 22 - 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Issues faced by faith parents with LGBTQI children are unique. To encourage and support those parents, we must truly understand the issues, and know how to address them. When a faith parent comes to PFLAG they have likely gone against the counsel and teaching of their non-affirming church. Most are confused and frightened. The issue of reconciling their deeply held faith beliefs with their love for their child must be addressed fully. Participants will be led in a discussion how to help them be at peace and truly love, accept and affirm their precious LGBTQI children.
Susan Cottrell, a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children, was recently featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline, and Good Morning America. She is an international speaker, author and spiritual director. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that love—of God and others—is the foundation of faith. She spent 25 years in the nonaffirming Evangelical church, is the Founder and President of FreedHearts, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (TX). Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith (published by Westminster John Knox Press), and True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You, are endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, The Gay Christian Network and many others. She and her husband Rob have been married for 30 years, have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQI community, and live in Austin, Texas.