Families and Religion

Reclaiming Your Faith: Taking Your Jesus Back from the Non-Affirming Church

Susan Cottrell

FreedHearts, Inc.

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -

Session Overview

If you grew up in the church, if spirituality is important to you, this workshop is for you. We will examine the life and teachings of Jesus through the lens of unconditional love and radical inclusion, and a retelling of the Prodigal story as a transgender woman! Rightly understood, the Bible is a message of hope to the oppressed. Any other interpretation is invalid. This workshop will reclaim the stories that have been used to hurt instead of love.


The prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children, was featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America, on NBC News Out, on The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day videos, on The Advocate’s Out in Left Field with Dana Goldberg, and as a devotional contributor on the Our Bible app.  She is an international speaker, author and consultant. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. She challenges Christians to love as the foundation of faith. She spent 25 years in the non-affirming Evangelical church, is the Founder and President of FreedHearts, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith, True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You, Radically Included - The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion, and the soon-to-be-released Be Love - What the World Needs Now, and My Coffee with the Pastor: Building the Vision for Lavish Christ-like Inclusion, are endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, The Gay Christian Network and many others. She and her husband Rob have been married for 30 years, have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQI community, and live in Austin, Texas.