Ashton and Friends: Your Transgender Neighbors Tell Their Stories

ashton skinnerNew Journey Lutheran, The Fountains United Methodist, and ONE Community are hosting a conversation with people who are transgender and their family members at New Journey Lutheran on Sunday, November 12 at 2 p.m. This event has been a year in the planning and was prompted by letters to the editor in The Fountain Hills Times that spoke of transgender people as though they were an ‘issue’ to be dealt with rather than neighbors to be befriended. Ashton Skinner (pictured), Transgender & Millennial Outreach Coordinator for ONE Community, will be facilitating our conversation.

Rev. David Felten says, “With all the negative fear-mongering going on (sadly, much of it stirred up under the guise of Christian piety), it’s all the more important for us to hear the stories and struggles of our Transgender neighbors.” Rev. Adele Resmer adds: “Sunday’s discussion will offer the opportunity to get to know Transgender people tell of their lived experiences in families, at work, in the church, and in the broader community.”

New Journey Lutheran recently received the official designation of a congregation that is ‘Reconciled in Christ.’ This means that the congregation’s public statements and ministry are intentionally open and affirming of all people, including members of the LGBTQ community. The Fountains is also a “Reconciling Church.” ONE Community is a member-based coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations, and individuals who support and promote diversity, inclusion, and equality for all Arizonans.

Members of the community are invited to attend – especially those who are navigating the complex reality of supporting Transgender family members, friends, or co-workers. New Journey Lutheran is located at 16748 E Parkview Ave. in Fountain Hills. For more information, call (480) 383-9193.