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Parents in Process

Are you a Christian parent who has an LGBTQ child and lots of questions?

Are you wrestling with what it means to honor God and continue to love and embrace your child after they’ve come out?

If so, you are not alone on this journey—and you are invited to attend our Parents in Process pre-conference program, designed for parents just like you, grounded in our shared love for God, the Bible, and the church.

Phoenix, Arizona

Crowne Plaza Phoenix-Chandler Golf Resort

October 28, 2021

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The Facilitators

Greg and Lynn McDonald

Greg and Lynn are the founders of a ministry called Embracing the Journey and the authors of Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parents’ Blueprint to Loving Your LGBTQ Child. They live in Atlanta, Georgia, where they pursue their passion of helping LGBTQ families become reconciled with each other and move one step closer to Jesus.

Program Overview

The program will include the following:

  • A panel of Christian parents of LGBTQ children will share about their own journeys after learning about their children’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • An LGBTQ Christian panel discussion will allow parents to ask LGBTQ individuals anything that is on their mind, followed by small group discussions.
  • Small group discussions for participants to connect with one another and share the questions they’re processing.

The program will run from 8:30am to 5pm on Thursday, October 28. We encourage participants to join us for the full Reconcile and Reform conference starting at 7pm that evening, but conference attendance is not a requirement to participate.

The program will be facilitated by Greg and Lynn McDonald in partnership with Shauna Habel-Morgan and Doug Habel. Greg and Lynn are the founders of a ministry called Embracing the Journey and the authors of Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parents’ Blueprint to Loving Your LGBTQ Child. They live in Atlanta, Georgia, where they pursue their passion of helping LGBTQ families become reconciled with each other and move one step closer to Jesus.

Shauna and Doug have been on this journey with their daughter since she came out in 2017. After attending The Reformation Project, they approached their large evangelical church and started the first parent support group there.

"As evangelical Christian parents, we were completely unprepared to respond when our son came out. If you could do it wrong, we did. At first, we tried to “fix” him, to no avail. But even in the earliest days of our journey, we clung to two absolutes: we would love God, and we would love our son. It has been 17 years since then and our learnings have been huge.

Today, we head up a ministry called Embracing the Journey, where we build bridges between LGBTQ individuals, their families, and the church, even when they seem at odds. We have walked with many hundreds of Christian parents with LGBTQ children, and we are excited to get to spend time with parents at The Reformation Project’s virtual Parents in Process this fall!"

Greg and Lynn McDonaldProgram Co-Leaders

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