Join us Friday, 3/19 for General Meeting: Being Queer, A Place in Religion and Spirituality

March 10, 2010

Dear Q-Wavers:

Religious faith and spirituality in the LGBTQ community have often been neglected due to, in some instances, the inability to reconcile between one’s LGBTQ identity and his/her religious beliefs that one was taught or brought up in. Many in our LGBTQ community may seek spiritual fulfillment as an essential component of their overall well-being but may not know the avenues or have the resources to pursue them.

We have invited Rev. Patrick Cheng, Susie Chin, Pauline Park, and Sung Park (if available) who are prominent speakers on the subjects within the API LGBTQ community to walk us through the confusions, questions and discussions. In this session, our speakers share their experiences, from both professional and personal perspectives in their pursuit of spirituality as it relates to overall well-being.

Please join us for an evening of open-hearted discussion on Spirituality and Queer Identities.

WHO:: You and Q-Wave!

WHAT:: General Meeting: Being Queer, A Place in Religion and Spirituality

WHEN:: March 19th, 2010/ 7 pm to 9 pm + social and lively dinner afterwards!

WHERE:: CUNY Graduate Center/ 365 5th Ave between 34th and 35th Street/ Room 9204

PLEASE, PLEASE try your best to be ON TIME!

** As usual, snacks and refreshments will be provided!

Available Biographies:
Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng is an ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Church. He is the founder and coordinator of Queer Asian Spirit, an online community that supports the lives of LGBTQ Asians around the world who are interested in issues of spirituality, theology, and religion. Patrick recently finished his Ph.D. work in theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and, starting this fall, will be serving as assistant professor of historical and systematic theology at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Pauline Park is chair of NYAGRA, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, which she co-founded in 1998. Pauline led the campaign for the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council in 2002 and directed the compilation of the first directory of transgender-sensitive health care providers in New York City and the metropolitan area — the first such directory published in a print edition anywhere in the United States — published in July 2009. Pauline has written extensively on LGBT issues and has conducted transgender sensitivity training sessions for a wide range of service providers and community-based organizations. She did her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More information about her work is available at nyagra.com and paulinepark.com.

Sung Park is the Project Manager at Intersections – a social change organization which seeks to bring together communities of different perspectives to forge a common ground for justice, peace, and reconciliation. Sung is also the manager of the new Believe Out Loud campaign which is a platform to raise visibility for LGBT rights within the mainline churches nationally. Sung is a trans-identifed Christian who has been working in this area over the past 2 years and is seeking to build collaborations across multiple faith-based communities.

Susie Chin has been involved with the LGBT Asian spirituality movement in New York City since the late 1990s. She has spoken at a number of events, including the first national LGBT Asian conference in New York University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance. Susie is a spiritual director and a proud mom and grandmother.


DIRECTIONS: (via subway):
– B, D, F, V, N, R, Q, W to 34th Street/Broadway
– 6 to 33rd Street/Park Avenue and walk 2 blocks west
– 1, 2, 3, 9 to 34th Street/7th Avenue (Madison Square Garden) and
walk 2-3 blocks east
– A, C, E to 34th Street/8th Avenue and walk 3-4 blocks east

** Q-Wave is a safe space dedicated to lesbian and bi-sexual women, transfolks and gender-nonconformists of Asian and Pacific Islander decent; our Yahoo group, General Meetings and Coffee Hours are open to this particular community. Q-Wave welcomes all supporters, friends and families to join our other social events (ie BBQs, picnics, winter parties, film screenings, etc). Please respect our space and confidentiality. Thank you very much.*

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