We are excited to announce that Richard Ostler, known to many as "Papa" Ostler, will be joining us at the Hearth on September 17th, 2017 at 7pm! (Location: 400 Selby Ln, Atherton, CA.) Richard previously served as a YSA Bishop and will share his experience of being ‘called by God’ to begin his journey of outreach to the LGBTQ community as an Ally, his feelings about his LGBTQ brothers and sisters, as well as his thoughts on the future of the Church’s relationship with its LGBTQ members.
Join us Sun. July 9th at 7pm. Location: 3865 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA.
We are delighted to announce that this Hearth Fireside will be filmed by a documentary film crew! They are being sent here by Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, to capture some of the great outreach being done here in our Hearth Community! Click on the above title for more exciting and important details about the filming!
Carol Lynn Wright Pearson is an American poet, author, screenwriter, and playwright. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Pearson is best known for the book Goodbye, I Love You, a memoir of her marriage to a gay man who died of AIDS in 1984. She frequently addresses the topics of LGBT acceptance and the role of Mormon women. Carol Lynn lives in Walnut Creek, California and is an active member of her ward and stake.
On March 26, we will be blessed to welcome Alyson Paul and George Deussen as our Hearth speakers. Their remarks will be themed, “I Choose Love: Learning to Love Without Boundaries and Living with Loss.”
We are honored to welcome John Gustav-Wrathall, President of Affirmation, as our February Hearth speaker. The theme of the evening will be "The Gift of Faith," a reflection on Matthew 15 and the LGBT Mormon journey of faith.
Over the past twenty years, both fear of and likelihood of being ostracized from the church community have sunk appreciably for LGBT members. More people than ever are coming out, and so more people than ever are facing a question: how does one live as a queer Mormon?
Some people find a workable answer in the church’s limited direction, and stay; many more find Mormonism untenable, and leave. Come explore how we as individuals might contribute to an answer that’s not just workable, but sustaining for ourselves and our loved ones.
Why would an openly gay graduate student in theology choose to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one month after the policy change? Come to The Hearth this Sunday, October 16, at 7:00 and hear Derek Knox's story of conversion and choosing to be baptized as an openly and proudly gay man.
Josh and Lolly are in a mixed orientation marriage that received a lot of attention when Josh came out as gay on his blog back in 2012. The story of their marriage has created a lot of controversy both inside and outside of the church. In their presentation, they hope to be candidly honest about the nature of their relationship and the genuine love they have for all members of the LGBT community.
Since 2015, the Hearth has sponsored, organized, and hosted events that build and strengthen an LGBT- / SSA-inclusive LDS community.
The Hearth is not sponsored by or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.