Classics in Spirituality is a regular feature of Cobblestone’s programming. This program is scheduled on first Monday of each month (unless the first is a holiday) at 11 a.m. to noon. This year the series continues to be presented via Zoom; please contact us (CobblestoneSpringsRC@gmail.com) to receive the Zoom link. Videos of most past programs (since fall 2020) are posted on our Vimeo channel.
Our topic coordinators this year are Alex Andrasik and Columba Salamony– thanks to both of them for stepping in to help! If you are interested in presenting, or want to suggest a topic for a future session, please use the program nomination form in the right sidebar.
Coming Out and Coming Home
with Mitchel Leet
April 3, 2023: 11 a.m. via Zoom
Rooted in his trust in God’s unconditional love, Mitch seeks to draw the circle wide and strengthen connections through compassion. Mitchel Leet writes: “As a transgender pastor’s kid, my atypical faith journey presents many learning opportunities. My presentation would tell the stories of the places I belonged and was sent away from, touching on the theology that informed that treatment along the way. From the faith of my childhood to the faith of my present, I will candidly share my experiences, including what brought me home.”
Background, Room for All and the Reformed Church: Room for All is a non-profit growing out of the hopes and dreams, passion and faith, pain and longing of members of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Though most of us have long believed that LGBTQ people should be fully included within the church’s life and ministry, events within the Reformed Church in America in the early 2000s galvanized us to speak out. Through these events and others, the need was made clear for a voice of full inclusion [to communicate] God’s love for all people… A non-profit was incorporated in the state of New York under the name Room for All, in order to support, educate and advocate for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the RCA.
Presenter: Mitchel Leet is a proud champion for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) both personally and professionally. With his 2016 B.A. in Art & Design from Keuka College, he has taken a nontraditional path that brought him to Albuquerque, Orlando, Seneca Falls and back home to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He now resides close to Rochester, NY with his wife, Cameron and their rescue dogs, Riley and Bruno. Mitch serves as Program Manager for Room for All, a non-profit that seeks to support, educate, and advocate for the welcome and full affirmation of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions in the Reformed Church in America and surrounding communities of people of faith.
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