A safe place for LGBTQ+ individuals to express their feelings with fellow believers in Christ.
Fall 2020 • Strawn, TX
MLK Weekend (annually) • Strawn, TX
(College students only)
Is there a place for me with God?
Many LGBTQ+ Christians have unfortunately wrestled with this question for a lifetime, often alone, outside of a faith community. Many LGBTQ+ people have felt ostracized from church and family. As a result, we feel alienated from God, leaving us without anywhere to grow deeper with Him and discover the fullness of life that only he can provide. And it is only within community - living alongside fellow believers - that we discover what it means to be in a relationship with God. This is the “tapestry of love” into which our hearts long to be woven.
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.
We were made to live in community. While a weekend retreat can’t begin to replace face-to-face interaction, the community formed through Tapestry begins to fill this need. Tapestry provides a sense of belonging for many who feel isolated, even by their own faith communities. Participants are encouraged to become involved in churches where they live and seek out spiritual mentors there, in addition to the group we form.
A Tapestry experience is intentionally intimate. Space is limited to no more than 20 people who are 18 years of age or older, including a team of committed Christ-followers who are gifted in conversation, listening, worship leading, and hospitality.
If you’re looking for a place that’s safe to ask questions about your sexuality, to express doubts about your faith, to be with people who can relate authentically - if you’re longing to deepen your relationship with God - then come to the Tapestry retreat. We’ll be “woven together” and discover our place to belong.
(Transportation provided from DFW airports)
Situated on the northernmost edge of the Texas Hill Country, you will witness rolling prairie land, granite rock outcroppings, and several spring- fed ponds. The main house encompasses 15,000 square feet and includes 13 guest rooms and 2 bunkrooms. Enjoy a cool evening breeze and the setting sun from the front porch or a large courtyard area. Watchtower Ranch offers an inviting escape of tranquility and quiet away from the everyday hustle.
"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
What did you take away from the weekend?
"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."
"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."
"Probably the most encouraging and impactful weekend I’ve had in years."
"I know that I'm really not alone."
"I actually felt a connection with God after years of feeling like he wasn't there."
"This retreat has helped me to slowly change the image I have of God and heal my relationship with Him."
"What I learned from this weekend was a better understanding of both God and myself."