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Fri, Apr 07


Harmony Church

The Light Project

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The Light Project
The Light Project

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Apr 07, 2023, 7:00 PM

Harmony Church, 500 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA

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Are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community and are a person of faith? Have you ever felt rejected by the church, or are seeking to reconcile your Christianity with who you are? Join us as we listen to the past and current experiences, challenges, and triumphs of LGBTQ+ pastors in our area! These clergy members come from different backgrounds and time periods in the ministry, but share a common identity: being LGBTQ+ in the church.

Free lunch will be provided. Please RSVP above to reserve your spot and for our food count! Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Rev. Dr. Lisa C. Farrell (she/her) was born and raised on the Main Line. She attended Franklin and Marshall College and won an Andrew Mutch Scholarship to attend the University of Edinburgh in her junior year to do a joint Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity degree. Upon moving back to the states, she came under care of the Philadelphia Presbytery, completed additional requirements for the Presbyterian Church (USA), and worked part-time at a church in Northeast Philadelphia. She was installed as the pastor of Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church in 1995. In 2013, she earned a Master's in Sacred Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran Seminary of Philadelphia. Lisa is married to her wife, Vicki Darring. They live in Drexel Hill with their dogs, Fiona and Sabrina, and cat, Phil.

Rev. Kevin L. Porter (he/him) is a native of Philadelphia, introduced and nurtured in faith through the Sunday School of Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, where he was confirmed and encouraged to pursue higher education. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has a strong commitment to building community in the midst of diversity, a great love for Philadelphia, and a deep appreciation for the Presbyterian Church (USA). He joined the staff as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery in 2012, while also being the Director of Adult Education and Community Life at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown. He now serves the Presbytery full-time. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing guitar in a park or beach with his partner, Ron.

Rev. Leigh DeVries (she/her) was born and raised in Nashville, TN, to a long line of pastors. She studied Religion at Rhodes College and got her Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. After seminary, Leigh and her partner moved to the Pacific Northwest, only to return two years later to become the Associate Pastor for Youth and their Families at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where she has worked since 2019. Leigh is passionate about work with youth and young people, and inclusive language.

Rev. David Norse-Thomas (he/him) grew up on the West Coast, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and completed his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served at Broad Street Ministry in Center City Philadelphia, working with people experiencing poverty and ministering to young adults, and most recently, as pastor of a Presbyterian Church in Townson, MD. While at Broad Street, David also earned a Master's degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. David is married to Eric Thomas. Having met and married Broad Street Ministry in 2016, they formed deep roots in Philadelphia and are thrilled to be back in this area.

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