Community Conversation- Where are they now? Recent Brite alums from the LGBTQ community report on the opportunities and challenges of their current ministry

Date(s) - 10/18/2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bass Conference Center

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On Tuesday, October 18th, The Carpenter Initiative on Gender, Sexuality, and Justice is hosting a special community conversation “Where are they Now?:  Brite alums from the LGBTQ community report on the challenges and opportunities of their current ministries” featuring Avery Belye, Chad Weing, DeShay Jackson and Yadi Martinez. All are welcome.

Avery Belyeu (she/her) (MDiv Class of 2020) serves as the Regional Director for Lambda Legal’s South Central Region where she leverages the education she received at Brite to advance Lambda Legal’s vision of a more just world for all, specifically LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV. Avery is a Jew by Choice and an active member of Temple Emanu- El in Dallas, TX.

Chad Ewing (he/him/his) received his MDiv from Brite in 2020 and currently serves as the Director of Discipleship at University United Methodist Church in Fort Worth where he coordinates children’s faith formation and adult discipleship programming (and lots of other stuff). He believes in the power of Christian community to cultivate justice, hope, and peace in our broken (but beautiful) world, and spends a lot of time trying to figure out how to help the church do that better.

DeShay Jackson (They/Them, M.Div. 21’) serves as the Minister of Music and Worship Arts for The Gathering, A Womanist of the Christian Church (DOC) and is a co-author for the book Colors of Hope: A Devotional Journal from LGBTQ+ Christians. DeShay is currently exploring the intersections of cuisine, culture, and community through a Womanist/Queer lens.

Rev. Yadi Martínez-Reyna (M.Div.) is a Latine non-binary, bilingual, Youth Activist and Artist.   Yadi is the founder of Color Splash Out, the first empowering summer camp experience for LGBTQ+ Youth and their ally friends in Texas. As an artist and borderlander born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, their passion is the work in the margins, that intersects class, gender, sexuality, and spirituality.