Fortunate Families Gathering - Joining Hands... Reaching Out!

Fortunate Families, Inc. is sponsoring Joining Hands …Reaching Out! — a weekend gathering for Catholic Parents of LGBT Daughters and Sons — Friday to Sunday, October 22-24, 2010, at Techny Towers Conference Center, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny, IL 60082.

The conference center is located on Chicago’s North Shore, 30 minutes from the city or from O’Hare airport.

Four panelists will present a session “You Are Not Alone,” as well as a “no-holds-barred” discussion “Burning Questions: How Do We Respond to ‘Hot Button’ Issues?” Panelists include:

  • Frank DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry
  • Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of Dignity- USA
  • Mary Ellen Lopata, Co-founder of Fortunate Families
  • Sheila Nelson, President of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry.

Rev. Vicki Wunsch, who develops and leads workshops such as “Building an Inclusive Church” across denominations, will lead a workshop “Using Our Stories to Build a More Welcoming Church Community.”

A PDF brochure is available at .

Registration form is available at .

Details about the Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center are at

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