Teaching is another way of learning – Our Workshops

Dear Reader, here you find more detailed information about some of the workshops we offer.

God, Gays and the Good News
Most members of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States grew up in one of the three big monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Leaders of all three religions turn back to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah to condemn homosexuality. Let us look at this story more closely and find out what the sin of Sodom really was that made God so furious He had to destroy the whole city. This workshop focuses especially on LGBT issues in the Christian Bible.

From gas chamber to gay pride – The LGBTQ+ community in Germany
Have you ever wondered what members of the LGBT community in other countries experience while growing up? Is it hard for them to come out? Are the churches inclusive? What about discriminating laws, or marriage equality? Learn more about the LGBT community in Europe’s most populated country and Germany’s long way from gas chamber to gay pride.

Reclaiming dignity: Dealing with spiritual abuse
The majority of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States grew up in one of the three big monotheistic religions. Vast numbers of believers of each religion still condemn the LGBTQ+ community. Therefore a shocking number of us experienced unbearable pressure, conversion therapy, exclusion, rejection, exorcisms and many more kinds of abuse in their faith communities. How can we start on a journey to heal the wounds these experiences have left? How can we not only believe in healing but also in our right to be unharmed in the future?

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Just the way you are…

It was like that nightmare where you are strolling through a shopping mall, window shopping for living room furniture, sipping an Orange Julius and suddenly look down and realize that you are naked as the day you were born. All the dream people are looking at you with wide eyes and slack jaws and you have to decide if you are going to run out of the mall with all of your hidden glories jiggling around or stroll on through the Food Court speaking with a fake French accent and acting as if they’re all just a bunch of backwards Americans who wouldn’t know a minimalist fashion statement from a hole in the ground.

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Der Wienerschnitzel

At first, I couldn’t tell  if she was crying, laughing or hyperventilating. Two weeks after arriving in the States, Franziska posted a video on her Facebook page. It was this particularly horrendous TV commercial for Der Wienerschnitzel restaurant, advertising their new bratwurst. We were still in this stage where I, and I guess all of her new American friends, were trying to outdo each other in introducing Franzi to the wonderful things that make us proud of our great country. I saw that video link, and thought to myself, “Oh. NO. No, no, no, no, no. NO.”. And then I clicked the link, which was clearly a video that she had recorded with her phone pointed at the TV screen, and in the background I hear her making these strange noises…

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