Faith, Gender, and Sexuality Workshop

March 2, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Grace Church welcomes The Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey to lead a parish-wide conversation about how faith, gender and sexuality intersect. On Saturday, March 2 from 9:30 a.m. until noon Rev. Marie will host a workshop designed to be educational and reflective. We’ll learn together about Sexuality and Gender 101 and how we as a faith community can be a place of welcome to members of the LGBTQ+ community. It will be a place to bring your questions, curiosities, and hopes. All are welcome. The workshop will be held in the Undercroft.

On Sunday, March 3, Marie will be the guest preacher at our 8 a.m. 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. worship services. She will also lead our Adult Forum offering in the Undercroft on March 3 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

You can read more about Marie in the bio below. Please contact Rev. Amanda ( with any questions.

Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey (she, her, hers) is the president and CEO of the Religious Institute, a national multifaith nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. She holds a Master’s in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As president of the Religious Institute, Marie is able to put her love of Jesus to work alongside her passion for justice. She is a skilled communicator and relationship-builder, and delights in collaborating across faith traditions, justice movements, and all kinds of difference.
Marie has a chapter on “Sexual Justice in an Age of Trump” in the 2017 book Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump and is the lead author of the Religious Institute publication Making the Invisible Visible: Bisexuality in Faith Communities. Marie speaks, teaches, and preaches regularly on faith and sexuality. She is a pastor with Metropolitan Community Churches and serves as volunteer assisting clergy at MCC Hartford, CT.

In her previous life, Marie taught high school French and Spanish for 20 years. Marie and her wife April (they met at Episcopal Divinity School), an Episcopal deacon, live in Milford, CT with their cats Memphis and Emily Jane, and April’s ministry dog, Sandy. April works as a chaplain with special needs adults and children.

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Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Church Road, located off of Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, near the intersection of Georgia Ave. and 16th Street.

The church office will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After hours you may leave a message on the answering machine, which will direct you to individual voice mail boxes for members of the church staff.

Telephone: Parish Office: 301.585.3515; Parish Fax: 301.585.4309

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1607 Grace Church Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 585-3515