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Apr. 30-May 4, 2018 – With colleague Debra Weir, Chris co-led a contemplative retreat at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL, entitled “Beside Still Waters.”

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017 – Rolling the Stone Away, a conference for LGBTQIA saints and prophets, St. Louis, MO. Chris spoke during this panel, How Sexuality Has Shaped Our Movement and Our Theology, with video available here.

Sept. 8-10, 2017 – Rev. Glaser co-led workshops reflecting the 40th Celebration of LGBTQ Lives at Kirkridge Retreat & Conference Center in PA.

Sept. 22-25, 2016 – A course in "Henri J. M. Nouwen: Be Still! Be Loved! Be Grateful! Three Imperatives of the Spiritual Life" led by Chris Glaser, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA.

Nov. 9-13, 2015 – Chris assisted instructor Jim Dant as facilitator of a spiritual formation course on "Ignatian Spirituality" at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

Nov. 8, 2015 – Chris spoke about "Grounded Spirituality" during the 11 a.m. service of the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church followed by a free light lunch and workshop, "Spiritual Self-Exam."

Jun. 6-7, 2015 – In New York, NY, Chris led two Saturday workshops and preached during Sunday services at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, one of the Marble Collegiate Churches founded by Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale ("The Power of Positive Thinking") affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.

May 26, 2015 – Chris served on an afternoon panel for Community Day of the week-long Summer Institute on Theology and Disability.

Apr. 26, 2015 – In Atlanta, Chris was a panelist for Fortunate Families at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception after the 11 a.m. mass. Fortunate Families is a Roman Catholic diocesan-approved ministry among families with LGBT children.

Apr. 8-11, 2015 – Chris helped organize “Rock Stars and Prophets,” a reunion of Presbyterian early LGBT activists at Stony Point Center, NY.

Mar. 1, 2015 – Chris spoke on "Salvation: From Fundamentalism to Universalism" for the 11 a.m. Sunday service of Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, followed by a free workshop on the mystic Evelyn Underhill, "Becoming What We Behold."

Nov. 22, 2014 & subsequent weeks – Chris Glaser  led a virtual Advent retreat online entitled, “Nativity Stories.” Watch the opening session of Nativity Stories. To watch the closing session, click here.

Nov. 16 & 23, 2014 – Liturgy and sermon for 11 a.m. Sunday worship of Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church by Rev. Chris Glaser.

Nov. 2, 2014 – Rev. Glaser preached at Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church and conducted a workshop, The Cloud of Unknowing - A Text for the Spiritual but Not Religious.

Oct. 7, 2014, College of Southern Maryland – Chris conducted a "Faith and Sexuality" workshop for National Coming Out Day.

Oct. 2-5, 2014, Decatur, GA – As facilitator and worship leader, Chris led a Spiritual Formation Immersion Experience course at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Sept. 18-21, 2014, Decatur, GA – Facilitator and worship leader Chris Glaser with instructor Christine Yoder taught the class, Exodus: Freedom and Formation, at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Sept. 14, 2014, Atlanta, GA – Rev. Chris Glaser preached at Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Aug. 10, 2014, Atlanta, GA – Rev. Chris Glaser preached at Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Jul. 20, 2014, Atlanta, GA – Rev. Chris Glaser preached the Sunday sermon at Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Mar. 23, Apr. 20 (Easter), and May 18, 2014, Atlanta, GA – Chris preached during the 11 a.m. worship services of Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Mar. 8, 2014, Atlanta, GA – Chris conducted The Passion: In Arts, Texts, and Music: A Contemplative Retreat for Lent at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Jan. 26-29, 2014, Columbus, GA – Chris participated in and delivered the closing keynote at the Georgia Winter Institute 2014. Organized by the Center for Leadership in Disability, Georgia State University. Photos via Flickr.

Jan. 18-19, 2014, Chicago, IL – St. Paul UCC in Barrington. Chris spoke Sat. afternoon about Creating Community – Using The Insights of Henri Nouwen and preached the sermon during Sunday worship. For more information, click here.

Jan. 10-12, 2014, Seattle, WA – Chris gave the annual Meekhof lectures at Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, WA. Included Henri Nouwen: Forgiveness, Fruitfulness, and Fun, The LGBT Christian Movement: From Ministry to Marriage, A Personal View, and the Sunday sermon, Dearly Beloved…

Dec. 24 & 29, 2013, Atlanta, GA – Chris led Christmas Eve service and preached Sunday morning worship at Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Nov. 9-10, 2013, Dallas, TX – At the Cathedral of Hope, Chris held a Sat. retreat -- “Seeing as if for the First Time” and “The Wounded Healer vs. Getting Hooked in Our Wounds,” using the writings of Henri Nouwen -- and he preached during Sunday worship services.

Oct. 3-6, 2013, Allentown, PA – Chris co-led a retreat for gay and bisexual men with Roman Catholic activist and filmmaker Brendan Fay, "For All the Saints," at the Kirkridge Retreat Center.

Oct. 12-13, 2013, Los Angeles, CA – "From the Heart: The Spirituality of Henri Nouwen," a retreat day with Chris sponsored by Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality, held at All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA. Sunday sermon, "Raising Lazarus," remembered the Lazarus Project, the first-of-its-kind ministry of reconciliation between the church and LGBT communty, from founding director Glaser. At West Hollywood UCC.

Oct. 17-20, 2013, Winston-Salem, NC – Thursday's "Coming Out as Sacrament" discussion at Wake Forest Divinity School was followed by a weekend LGBT Spirituality Conference sponsored by Interfaith Voice. Sunday sermon at MCC Winston-Salem.

Jun. 16, 2013, Father's Day – Guest speaker at the First Existentialist Congregation in Candler Park, reflecting on “Spiritual Fathers and Mothers,” 470 Candler Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-2113.

Apr. 27, 2013 – "Body Boundaries and the Question of Consent: A Workshop on Just Love," on the spiritual dimensions of physical encounters, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Francis Episcopal Church, Macon, GA.

Mar. 24, 2013 – Chris spoke during the 11 a.m. service of Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, Dahlonega, GA, and led a workshop on "Claiming Blessings Anyway" about blessings to be found in unexpected, even unpleasant events.

Feb. 28 - Mar. 3, 2013 – Henri Nouwen: The Wounded Healer, Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA. Spiritual Formation Program.

Mar. 9-10, 2013 – Saturday retreat on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen, "From the Heart."
Sunday morning Dean’s Forum, interviewed by The Very Reverend Tracey Lind on "Progressive Christianity" and preaching during the 9:00 a.m. jazz mass and the 11:15 a.m. choral Eucharist on
"The Holy Place: Mercy and Reconciliation," reflecting on Jesus' parable of the prodigal.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Cleveland, OH.

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, & Dec. 6, 2012 -- An online evening workshop led by Chris on Sexuality & Christianity for the Metropolitan Community Churches.

Oct. 24, 2012 -- Religion in the Public Square (Panel), Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT. Click here for a YouTube video of the panel discussion moderated by Rev. Chris Glaser.

Oct. 4-7, 2012 -- Annual retreat of Gay and Bisexual Christian Men: "Claiming the Blessings! (Despite the Burdens!)," co-led by Chris Glaser at the Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center, Bangor, PA.

Jul. 13-15, 2012 -- "Claim the God in You." Multiple public events that featured Rev. Chris Glaser
at the MCC of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke, VA.

Apr. 29, 2012, 11 a.m. -- Sunday Celebration at First Existentialist Church, Atlanta
Chris spoke on "Struggling for Blessings," reflecting on progressive aspects of religion, despite the struggles--even because of the struggles!

Jan. 29, 2012, 11 a.m. -- Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, Daholonega, GA, Chris spoke on "Death as Soul Friend: What Death Can Teach Us about Life." Following the service, from 12:30 to 1:30, Chris led a workshop on an earlier sermon topic: "Our Lives as Sacred Texts," exploring the sacred in our life experiences. A light lunch was served beforehand.

Dec. 10, 2011 -- Read Chris's sermons from Pittsburgh, PA: "I Love to Tell the Story" (Community House Presbyterian Church) and "Seek to Do Good to All" (MCC Pittsburgh).

Nov. 10-13, 2011 -- Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center, Bangor, PA. Chris co-led an ecumenical retreat for gay and bisexual Christian men with Robert V. Taylor and Joseph Palacios on "Gratitude in Three Movements: Forgiveness, Acceptance, and Thanksgiving."

Oct. 23, 2011 - Chris spoke to the adult education class at 9:30 a.m. on "Claim the God in You as a Progressive Christian" and preached on Jesus Was Not a Literalist during 10:45 a.m. worship, followed by a Q/A session over lunch. Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum St., Rockville, MD 20851. Tel: 301-424-6733.

Oct. 9, 2011 -- Listen to Chris's sermon, The Wedding Banquet, on same-gender marriage, Hanover Street Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE.

Aug. 8, 2011 -- Chris contributed the reflection on the lectionary selections for World AIDS Day in Preaching God's Transforming Justice (Westminster John Knox Press) now available.

Jul. 31, 2011 -- Chris spoke on "Spiritual Abuse" during Sunday 11 a.m. worship at Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church in Dahlonega, GA.

Jul. 10, 2011 -- Sunday 11 a.m. worship at Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Chris was the guest preacher.

Jun. 26, 2011 -- Chris spoke at Our Hope MCC in Athens, GA, on "The Power of Words," 11 a.m. Meeting was at the Univ. of GA Presbyterian Student Center, 1250 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30605. Tel: 706-202-3723.

Jun. 11, 2011 -- "Sex Talk: Sexuality and Spirituality," a 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. workshop led by Chris Glaser on Saturday, June 11 at First MCC in Atlanta. Free, but registration suggested. Straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and more are trying to embrace the gift of sexuality despite religious upbringing. Presentations and conversations. Lunch provided.

May 1, 2011 -- Holocaust Remembrance Sunday, Chris preached during the 11 a.m. worship of Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church, corner of Delaware and Woodland in Atlanta.

Mar. 14, 2011 -- Chris invited to post on the blog of Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. Do Progressive Christians Pray?

Mar. 13, 2011 -- First Sunday in Lent, Chris preached at Our Hope MCC in Athens, GA, 11 a.m., on the "Temptations of Our Time." Meets in the Univ. of GA Presbyterian Student Center, 1250 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30605. Tel: 706-202-3723.

Feb. 10, 2011 -- Listen anytime to the broadcast archived at Stonewall Live radio when Chris discussed, The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life.

Jan. 13-16, 2011 -- (MLK weekend). "Awakening the Spirit, Healing the Wounds: The Redemptive Gay Experience," a retreat for gay and bisexual men. Led by therapist Terry Flynn and author Chris Glaser. Flynn, a former Roman Catholic provincial, is a Toronto psychotherapist focusing on spirituality, identity, and addiction. For more info, go to Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center and Terence Flynn's website.

Oct. 28, 2010 -- Chris preached at Imago Dei Coming Out Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in Campbell Hall Chapel, Decatur, Georgia. Sponsored by Imago Dei, the LGBTQ and Allies campus group. Open to the public. Click for map.

Oct. 26, 2010 -- On Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Chris appeared at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse for a booksigning of his new release, The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life. Event located at 10th and Piedmont in Atlanta, GA. Click for map.

Oct. 23-24, 2010 -- In Dayton, OH, Equality Cross Creek hosted Chris for a presentation of his latest book, As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage. Saturday lecture with lunch and Sunday sermon at the Cross Creek Community Church. Details for October event at Cross Creek.

From 2009 -- Watch Chris Glaser preach about "Spiritual Integrity" -- YouTube, Part 1 of 2 and YouTube, Part 2 of 2.


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