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. :-)
(For more resources for parents, and for more information on Susan Cottrell and FreedHearts, you can visit our website: www.FreedHearts.org)
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SUSAN COTTRELL, the 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 videos, on The Advocate’s Out in Left Field with Dana Goldberg, and as a devotional contributor on the Our Bible app. She is an international speaker, 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 25 years in the non-affirming 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 (Texas). Her critically acclaimed books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; Radically Included - The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion; and the soon-to-be-released Be Love - What the World Needs Now; and My Coffee with the Pastor: Building the Vision for Lavish Christlike Inclusion, are endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, 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.
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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