Forest Trees

Nurturing Faith 

Gatherings for LGBTQ+ Christians

If you are an LGBTQ Christian in need of encouragement and community, come to a Nurturing Faith Gathering! During this restful half-day retreat, Sally Gary and Karen Keen will offer an encouraging word and facilitate a time of sharing, reflection, and contemplative prayer. We will also enjoy eating together (Bring a brown bag lunch/supper with you).

Are you feeling spiritually dry or simply want to rejuvenate your faith life? Need reassurance of God's love for you? Or maybe you want to fellowship with other LGBTQ Christians? Sally and Karen know from personal experience how navigating faith and sexuality comes with unique challenges. Come be encouraged! All are welcome regardless of your theological background (e.g. affirming of same-sex relationships or choosing celibacy).

Note about COVID-19: Masking policies differ from place to place and are subject to change depending on COVID-19 developments. Registrants will be e-mailed updated instructions during the week prior to the event.

Upcoming Gatherings

Stamford, Connecticut
Location: Stamford Church of Christ
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Cost: $15
Bring with you: Brown bag lunch, pen/pencil, journal, and Bible.

Meet the Facilitators

Sally Gary & Karen Keen

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Sally Gary is the director of CenterPeace (, an affirming non-profit organization that has been helping families, churches, and LGBTQ have conversations on faith and sexuality for the past 15 years. Sally is the author of Affirming: A Memoir of Faith, Sexuality, and Staying in the Church.


Karen Keen is an educator and spiritual director with The Redwood Center for Spiritual Care and Education ( In addition to teaching classes on Scripture, faith, and culture, she leads retreats and spiritual care groups. Karen has written several books including The Jesus Way: Practicing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.