Beyond Pink and Blue

Transitions and Transgender Care

Conference Overview

Creating safe and caring places for transgender people and their families in both church and society is one of the most pressing challenges and opportunities for the Christian faith, community life and church growth today. In this conference, you’ll learn from transgender persons, educators and pastors with helpful experiences in providing pastoral care to transgender people and their families. By participating in this conference, you will gain insight, language and practical skills to enable you to offer pastoral care and affirming transgender ministry. Join the quest to share the Good News. This unique conference will take place October 21-23, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Thought Leaders

Dee Dee Chamblee

Director of LaGender Inc., Champion of Change

Rev. Justin Sabia-Tanis, PhD

Author and educator, Tucson, AZ, Theological Issues and Impact

Mac and Katy Schafer

Erin Swenson, ThM, PhD

Marriage and Family Therapist, Atlanta, GA, Status of Conversion Therapy in the US and globally

Susan L. Jelinek

Mary Sullivan

adolescent advocacy and outreach program director, UVA Teen and Young Adult Health Center

Conference Organizers

Michael J. Adee, PhD

Global Faith and Justice Project

Jill Duffield

Editor and Publisher, Presbyterian Outlook

Rev. Dr. Ken Henry

Sr. Pastor and Head of Staff, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Floyd Thompkins, Jr.

Director, Center for Innovation and Ministry at SFTS & Applied Wisdom Institute

Workshop Tracks for Every Professional

Start this three day conference with a welcome reception, a community gathering and the stories of transgender and gender diverse people and their families. Throughout this conference you will have the opportunity to participate in plenary sessions, special topic workshops and conversation groups as you expand your spiritual care and pastoral care knowledge and skills with regard to transgender and gender diverse families, adults, and communities. You will be able to choose from three workshop tracks — clinical, pastoral and community.

Conference Details


Early Registration: $150

Registration: $160

Late Registration: $175

Cloud Conference Link: $30


Clinical Track: hospital and residential chaplains, social workers, nurses and physicians who provide care for transgender and gender diverse children, youth, adults and their families.

Pastoral Track: pastors, pastoral counselors, campus ministers, youth directors, religious educators and camp directors who are seeking to build their understanding and skills in providing pastoral care to transgender and gender diverse persons within their families, ministry contexts and communities.

Community Track: The challenges and barriers Trans-people face on a daily basis and how their faith has helped them to overcome many of these challenges



9 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselor, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CE hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your certifying body.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors.

LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. CA Emergency Medical Services for EMTs and Paramedics. For questions about these CE accreditations email innovation@sfts.edu.


This conference takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia


10/21/18 – 10/23/18


Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you offer a product or service relevant to caring professionals? Simply want to support important this critical educational experience? We’d love for your brand to be a part of the conversation.