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On Saturday, 11 June 2011, at 5:30pm in Easton Hall on the CDSP (Church Divinity School of the Pacific) Campus: 2451 Ridge Road in Berkeley, California

CLGS and New Spirit Community Church celebrate the joint ministry of Jimmy Creech and Chris Weedy. Jimmy Creech, author of the recently-published book Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays (Duke University Press, 2011), is a former United Methodist minister, now retired and living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has worked with many social-action organizations, including Soulforce, an interfaith movement confronting spiritual violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons; the Methodist Federation for Social Action; the Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality; and Faith in America, an organization working to end religion-based bigotry. He has received the Flagbearer Award from PFLAG National; the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award; the Saint Award presented by Metropolitan Community Church, San Francisco; the North Carolina Pride Inc. Award; and the Lee and Mae Ball Award, presented by The Methodist Federation for Social Action. He was selected as one of OUT magazine’s “Out 100” in 1998 and 1999. CLGS will present Jimmy and his wife Chris Weedy with a joint CLGS Leading Voices Award for their collaborative ministry.

Following the reception, there will be an event featuring four panelists who will comment briefly on the significance of Creech's work in a historical and theological context followed by remarks by Creech and dialogue with the audience.

The Panelists:

Emma Donohew, Pacific School of Religion MDIV Student, Ordination Candidate in United Methodist Church
Dr. Randall Miller, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Pacific School of Religion, Layman and longtime advocate for greater inclusion in the United Methodist Church
Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, Pastor, New Spirit Community Church, Director of Worship, Pacific School of Religion
Rev. Karen Oliveto, Pastor at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, Adjunct Professor of United Methodist Studies at Pacific School of Religion

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