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By Pastor Samara Jenkins, University UMC Las Vegas

University UMC Las Vegas is excited to welcome J.J. Warren on Sunday, March 8th from 1:00-3:00 PM. The UMC has been portrayed in a negative light in the media since General Conference 2019. We are blessed to hear from someone on the front line of the efforts to change The UMC from the inside out and share a message of hope within our community. J.J. has founded a progressive Christian community on his undergraduate campus, and founded Team Forward, an online collective of queer youth/young adults and allies who seek to grow in ministry, use their voices, and reclaim the Church through radical love. J.J. now travels the world, preaching a message of collective forward progress and inclusion. As we are called to remind the world that ALL are of sacred worth, we invite you to come and be encouraged and uplifted by our time of fellowship together. J.J.’s book, “Reclaiming church: A call to action for Religious Rejects,” will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact Pastor Samara Jenkins by phone at 702-733-7155.

Visit http://universityumc.org/ to find out more about University UMC Las Vegas.

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J.J. Warren is a seminary student at Boston University School of Theology, a graduate of New York’s Sarah Lawrence College (’19), and a certified candidate for ordination in The United Methodist Church (UMC). After making an impassioned plea for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons at the UMC’s top lawmaking assembly, J.J.’s speech went viral, and his advocacy has been covered by HuffPost, NBC, Brut Media, and WXXI Radio. His first book, Reclaiming Church: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects, will be available this February from Abingdon Press.

J.J. spent a year at Oxford University, England, where he studied Biblical Hebrew, Early Church history, and gender studies of late antiquity. He founded a progressive Christian community on his undergraduate campus. He founded Team Forward, an online collective of queer youth/young adults and allies who seek to grow in ministry, use their voices, and reclaim the Church through radical love. J.J. now travels the world, preaching a message of collective forward progress and inclusion.

 

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