Sharing our stories isn’t a new concept. From the beginning we’ve known the power of telling stories – to teach a hard lesson, to create empathy, and to build community around common experiences, beliefs, and feelings. The 2018 “e3” Conference featured stories from LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and church leaders from across the country. Through breakout sessions, we heard from people whose life experiences taught us about the LGBTQ+ community. We also learned from academic and ministerial scholars of biblical text who have devoted their lives to studying scripture and its application in the 21st century. Our families shared what it’s been like for them to wrestle with the conflict that often arises when a child comes out, and the feelings of isolation that often result.
But most of all, the e3 conference provided hearts full of renewed hope as we responded to one another with the love of Christ. The conference equipped, empowered, encouraged, and shared God’s unconditional, limitless love.
Join us in Dallas on October 21-24, 2020
"If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both."
I John 4:20 - 21
October 21-24, 2020
Highlights from 2018 E3 Conference
Highlights from 2016 E3 Conference
Is this conference for me?
If you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community and looking for a place to belong, come to e3 and you’ll find it. If you’re a parent or family member of someone who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, please join us at e3. Are you a friend or ally? Come and get involved with CenterPeace!
And if you’re a pastor, elder or other church leader, there’s no better place for you to learn from trusted teachers how to examine scripture, extend hospitality, and embrace those in your reach who long for spiritual community.
Through group speaking engagements and online breakout sessions, you'll be equipped, encouraged, and empowered to take this conversation back to your home congregation, family, and community. You'll hear a range of speakers, from academic scholars of biblical text who have devoted their lives to studying scripture and its application in the 21st century, to parents who just want to love their LGBTQ+ children well. At every session, we will emphasize the need to approach this topic with grace and compassion, with a goal of staying together in community.