Pocatello UU Fellowship to Host Transgender Workshop this Weekend

On Saturday, March 17th, the Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a workshop entitled,”Transgender, Gender, and Identity”.

The event will be presented by Idaho human rights leader, Emilie Jackson-Edney.

According to a press release,”This important workshop will help further our understanding of transgender and gender identity issues.  Participants can expect to recognize where they are personally in their understanding of the male/female spectrum, identify their biases and develop a comfort level with transgender people.  As part of our WCC outreach work, the community will be invited – with the same goals in mind.”

The Pocatello fellowship recently received a “Welcoming Congregation” designation with the UUA.

According to the PUUF website,”It is difficult for Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered (BGLT) people to feel safe bringing their whole selves into churches. Because the first principle of Unitarian Universalism recognizes “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” the Pocatello UU Fellowship (PUUF) welcomes all, and in fact, we state this at the beginning of each service. However, official recognition as a Welcoming Congregation(WC)allows us to open our fellowship as a safe space for BGLT persons, to take positions on oppression in our larger communities, and to accomplish outreach.”

In addition to facilitating the workshop, Jackson-Edney will also be the featured speaker at the March 18th service, the next day.

Reservations for the workshop are not needed, but organizers say they would like to get a head count for planning purposes. You can contact Jim Mariani at 851-0842 or e-mailjsm22553@yahoo.com.

The Pocatello Unitarian Universalist church is located at 309 N. Garfield, Pocatello.

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