- 7 p.m., Friday, February 24 to noon, Sunday, February 26, 2017
LGBTQ in Recovery: Celebrating Our Whole Selves NEW
Center City, MN
Do You Think You're Different? is the name of an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) pamphlet created in 1976 (and compiled by early gay member Barry L.). For those of us who answer "yes" to that question and claim identities other than "straight" or cisgendered (a term for people whose experiences of their own gender agree with the sex they were assigned at birth), finding our place in recovery meetings and feeling at home can be a challenge at first.
This retreat will start with a look at AA history and the presence of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning) people from the early days; explore the challenges we face related to fear and shame; and have an honest discussion about sexuality and sex in recovery. Finally, look at how we claim and experience a "power greater than ourselves" and engage in a spirituality that works for us.
This retreat is open to all who place themselves somewhere under the LGBTQ umbrella.
Doug Federhart is a spiritual care professional at Hazelden in Plymouth, MN. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a spiritual director and teacher with Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality. As a gay man in long-term recovery, Doug has had many years of practice integrating his gay identity and sexuality in his own life.