When a child comes out to you as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer, it can feel disorienting. CenterPeace offers hope that parents don't need to choose between their faith and their child. You can bring all your doubts, fears, and questions to God and share your experience with other parents walking a similar journey.
CenterPeace offers PeacePrint retreats where you can meet other parents and process your experience in a safe, spiritually nurturing environment. Parents whose moral beliefs are in conflict with an LGBTQ child's sexuality are particularly vulnerable to feeling isolated, not only from their church community but also in their own relationship with God. Other parents wonder about next steps beyond the initial coming out disclosure. How do you begin talking transparently about your experience at church while caring for your child's needs? PeacePrint retreats are intentionally small to provide real connection and space to share. Discover PeacePrint retreats, discover hope.
Other Parent Resources
Parent Care Groups
Embracing the Journey, another Christian ministry, offers additional support for parents, including groups that meet twice a month. For on-going care, meeting with other parents regularly can provide encouragement and direction.
CenterPeace Conference Parent Day
Every other year, CenterPeace hosts a national conference. The conference offers break-out sessions for parents, and on the last day of the conference, space is created for parents to come together for a meal, conversation, and hearing from speakers who are also parents of LGBTQ children. Work
CenterPeace has a parents newsletter that goes out regularly with personal stories, recommended resources, wisdom, and encouragement. The newsletter is by parents for parents. Sign-up for the newsletter, as well as peruse previous newsletters.
A Family's Journey of Reconciling Faith & Sexuality
Gil and Gail were devastated when their son came out as gay. Unsure of how to respond, they contacted CenterPeace for help. In this 15 minute documentary, the family shares their story of hope and acceptance.
CenterPeace has compiled recommended books, videos, and podcasts episodes that can help you process your experience as a parent of an LGBTQ child. What has it been like for other parents? What does the Bible say about sexuality and gender identity? Can you be both LGBTQ and Christian? Explore these resources to help you along the way.