Spiritual Formation for LGBTQ+ Christians
"I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else" (Colossians 2:2-4).
Cedar Creek Lake, TX
Is there a place for me with God?
We were made to live in spiritual community. But LGBTQ people have not always been welcomed and affirmed at church. While a weekend retreat can’t replace regular fellowship in the Body of Christ, it can provide a much needed drink from the Well. Tapestry retreats are an opportunity to grow in your relationship with God and others.
By walking with a group of fellow believers who are committed first to living in deepest relationship with our Creator, we learn—perhaps for the first time—that God’s love for us is unending. This is the “tapestry of love” into which our hearts long to be woven. The Tapestry retreat experience is intentionally intimate. For that reason, space is typically limited to no more than 12-20 people (age 18 and older), including a team of committed Christ-followers who are gifted in conversation, listening, worship leading, and hospitality.
What participants are saying about their Tapestry experience . . .
"Probably the most encouraging and impactful weekend I’ve had in years."
"This retreat has helped me to slowly change the image I have of God and heal my relationship with Him."
"The most important thing for me this weekend was being around people like me and us speaking positively about the queer community. I have never been in a church environment that has done this."
"What I learned from this weekend was a better understanding of both God and myself."
"It’s been so very long since I’ve encountered anything but routine-based fake faith. I appreciate the honest love here more than I could possibly explain in words. Thank you."
"There is absolutely no way how I could come here and experience this level of love and passion and openness and not walk out a believer in God, Christ, and his love. This has been the most important experience of my life so far. Thank you."
"I actually felt a connection with God after years of feeling like he wasn't there."
"I leave here seeing my coming out as a new beginning, instead of a dead end! A little more hopeful that God will finish the work, he started in me, and so sure that I am loved, and not alone."
"I found community here and got to bond with people. I also enjoyed the emphasis on God’s love for all of us, which is hard to remember at times. Also, thanks to all the incredible staff who made me feel cared for."
"I am leaving this Tapestry retreat with a renewed sense of purpose, and re-affirmation of the love found in this community. The stories shared, the laughter, the tears, all remind me of how I am not alone, I am loved, and there is a place for me at the table.
"A space to begin my healing journey from church hurt."
"This was a very special weekend with extraordinary people. I am changed. I'm feeling closer to Jesus, to God, my loved ones and myself, than I can remember. Thank you."
"I’ve gained new connections, memories and friends. I leave today feeling full of compassion, wonder and love."