Familia (family) is at the center of the intersection of faith, sexuality and culture, according to Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, national coordinator for the A La Familia Program.
Melendez Rivera, who has created a training guide and curriculum for holding small group discussions regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons within the Latino community, will host a facilitators’ training retreat Friday through Sunday in Omaha.
A La Familia Omaha Project anticipates training 15 to 30 facilitators and expects to host 10 to 12 small-group discussions across Nebraska and Iowa in the coming year. Those who are interested in becoming facilitators and attending the training will be asked to “pay it forward” by signing a Forward Pledge, committing to facilitating at least two discussions. The training will be bilingual and open to all without barriers of language
A La Familia Omaha Project is a collaboration of Melendez Rivera’s Human Right Campaign, the Omaha Chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities.
The facilitator training will address LGBT inclusion in Catholic and Protestant congregations and in Latino families. The participants will get to know the A La Familia guidebook and learn techniques to facilitate progressive discussions.
To attend the training, email ALFomaha@gmail.com or call 402-559-9662.