Rev Gil Caldwell, who is on the Board of Directors of PFLAG National, is coming to visit with us in Denver
Rev Gil Caldwell, along with his wife Grace, are coming to Denver and have asked us to arrange a visit so we can have a conversation with them about the intersections of oppression across race, gender, class and sex.
Grace and Gil will be in Denver/Park Hill, the second week-end in December to receive the Paul and Paula Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Church and Global Aids, led by their long-time friends, Don and Bonnie Messer. The award ceremony will be at the Park Hill United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 8th. there will be presentations at both services, one at 8:45 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m. There will be an open reception between services. You are cordially invited to come to those.
Gil wrote to us expressing his want to have an opportunity while they are here to have a conversation, ” Is there any possibility we could meet with some people, for us to ‘listen and share’ in a discussion on race, class, culture and crime?”
We have arranged a venue for 25 or so people:
It Takes A Village http://www.ittakesavillagecolorado.org/
at 1475 Lima Street, Aurora, Colorado. Here is a map: http://goo.gl/maps/WRFSa
1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th
Rev Gil Caldwell is a past pastor of Park Hill United Methodist Church and is fondly remembered there. He was a leading activist in the Methodist Church, working in those days for the adoption of open and affirming policies across the Methodist Church. He has continued that work until today, working to form an alliance of African American pastors supporting LGBT acceptance, and serving on the Board of Directors of Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) www.pflag.org . It is not possible to imagine a better recipient for an award from the Center for the Church and Global AIDS. http://www.churchandglobalaids.org/
The Center’s purpose is to address the challenges of the global HIV and AIDS pandemic and related needs in the world through programs of awareness, education, prevention, care, and treatment. In particular, the Center challenges attitudes and actions that contribute the stigmatization and discrimination of persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Many people living with AIDS live in the intersections of class, race and cultural oppression, with the added stigma of HIV infection.
The conversation will kick-off with a keynote by Don Messer from the Center. Then we are hoping to have a conversation across those intersections with folks from all sides. Won’t you please come?