When your child reveals that he or she is attracted to the same sex, how you respond may have a lot to do with your faith. Doesn’t the Bible say that’s wrong? Will we have to leave our church? Worst of all, you may wonder, “Do I have to choose between my faith and my child?
Susan Cottrell is a mom who has been there and wants you to know that loving and accepting your LGBTQ child does not mean abandoning or even compromising your faith.
This FreedHearts PARENTS COURSE is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis! It will help you respond with love and support during this vulnerable time for your child. With practical advice and heartfelt encouragement, Susan guides you through the fear and uncertainty Christian parents of LGBTQ children often feel.
This course will help you understand your LGBTQ child, keep your child safe and your family together, and strengthen your faith in the process.
There are 12 sessions, with each session under 20 minutes. It is best if you take the course in the order of the sessions.
1) My Journey: From Evangelical Leader to Loving Parent & Fierce Advocate
2) Our Responsibility as Parents: Seven Key Points
3) Issues Every Parent Faces
4) Unclobbering the Clobber Passages - Old Testament
5) Unclobbering the Clobber Passages - New Testament
6) Love God & Love Others - But How?
7) Deconstructing the Common Arguments
8) Transgender and Intersex
9) Advocating Without Debating: A Look Beyond Theology
10) The Power of Community
11) Ten Things To Do Right Now & The Truth About Your Child
12) You Are on the Right Track: Leading From The Margins
Remember, you are not alone. :-)
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SUSAN COTTRELL, a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children, was featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America, on NBC News Out, on The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day, Mother's Day, and other viral videos - as "our favorite affirming matriarch." - and is a devotional contributor on the Our Bible app. She is an international speaker who was featured on the TED stage for 5,000 people at TEDxMileHigh, a public theologian, acclaimed author, and consultant. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. She challenges Christians to love as the foundation of faith. She spent 20+ years in the non-affirming Evangelical church, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; and Radically Included - The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion are critically acclaimed. She and her husband Rob have been married for more than 30 years and have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQI community.
“Susan has this fierce, loving, don’t mess with me, Mom vibe.”—Rev Ashley Harness, Auburn Seminary
“What impresses me about Susan is that she’s not someone who argues and strongarms people into seeing things her way. She’s someone who listens and cares for others really well. Her presence challenges Christians who reject our friends in the LGBTQ community to understand the love of God.” - Michael Hidalgo, Lead Pastor, Denver Community Church
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Thank you so much for taking part in this video course. Remember, you are loved and you are not alone. - Susan