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Robb Tarr is an Associate Pastor for the Intergenerational Formation at the Summit on 16th United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio – a Reconciling Ministries Network Church in the United Methodist Denomination. This is the designation for Methodist Churches that are fully affirming and inclusive of members with LGBTQ identities. Tarr has worked with and pastored dozens of members and community partners who identify as LGBTQ. Tarr has developed methodologies for the church to better support those whose sexual and gender identities impacted their homelessness in case management style ministry.
Presentation: Does God Still Love Me? The Need for Spiritual Healing in the LGBT Community
Time: Breakout Session 1
In this workshop, Rev. Blaine and members of the Summit community will help paint a picture of the significant and often unspoken need for spiritual healing in the LGBT community. They will talk about the specific foundational and theological understandings that often need to be reframed for people, particular LGBT folks who grew up in fundamentalist conservative households. They will offer helpful suggestions for how care workers can identify when spirituality is at the heart of a person’s struggle and ways to connect them into communities that can help promote healing and growth.
1. Identify the Scope of the Need for Spiritual Healing among the LGBT community
2. Identify the key theological understandings that must be reframed for members of the LGBT community who were raised with damaging understandings about God and human sexuality.
3. Provide helpful suggestions for care workers around how to identify when spiritual healing is a crucial need and how to refer LGBT members to the right place for supportive community.