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All Are Welcome Ministry
An LGBTQ+ Ministry serving the Baltimore Area
In 2018, the Social Ministry Convocation, an annual social justice program of the Archdiocese of Baltimore since 1977, for the first time included an educational workshop on being a LGBTQ+ person in the Catholic Church. The workshop presenters were two Catholic priests from the Archdiocese. Of the 12 workshops, “Being a LGBTQ+ Catholic” was the most well-attended.
In 2019 and again in 2020, the LGBTQ+ workshops remained the most well-attended. The presenters included LGBTQ+ lay Catholics as well as family members with LGBTQ+ children. Workshop presenters, representing eight Archdiocesan parishes, shared their stories, “Why We Remain Catholic: Voices from the LGBT Community” and “Why Our Parishes need LGBTQ+ Ministries.”
The enthusiasm for these workshops made it clear that LGBTQ+ Catholics, family members, and allies want an opportunity to share their personal stories, ask their questions and hear stories from other families. Catholic faithful throughout the Archdiocese are searching for a supportive environment to share their experiences and to understand the Church’s pastoral care for her LGBTQ+ members. All Are Welcome ministry seeks to connect these searching Catholics with supportive parish-based LGBTQ+ ministries.
All Are Welcome Ministry aspires to assist Catholic parishes in creating a visible, affirming, safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, and allies.
In collaboration with each parish’s LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, and allies, All Are
Welcome Ministry will provide supportive resources and experiences, inter-parish
networking and educational opportunities.
EDUCATION: Provide current information and resources on LGBTQ+ topics and issues.
NETWORKING: Create inter-parish and inter-faith networking events to encourage conversation and fellowship in advancing our common vision and mission.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Promote dialogue around spiritual needs and facilitate outreach experiences that focus on prayer, reflection and discipleship.
ACCOMPANIMENT: Build relationships with LGBTQ+ individuals, their families and allies to deepen understanding within their personal faith journeys and create a welcoming environment within their parish.
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