Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-08-07
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

OneWheaton hosts second annual homecoming event
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2012-10-10

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


About 100 people attended OneWheaton's second annual homecoming celebration at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn Oct. 5. The event featured a talent showcase and a panel discussion with current and former Wheaton College students.

OneWheaton's homecoming celebration weekend is an alternative for LGBTQ students, alumni and allies to gather and celebrate in a welcoming space. Wheaton College doesn't officially recognize the group and will not allow members to gather on campus.

The evening began with a talent showcase featuring performances by Wheaton College alumni. The headliner for the night was musician and singer Steve Slagg, also known as Youngest Son. Adam Hibma introduced each act and also performed two songs. Jackie Harris-Stone, Cathy Kuna and straight allies Jen Harding, Kate Johnson-Metcalf and Ryan Metcalf all performed instrumental pieces. Straight ally Sara Elliot read three poems and Jessica Friessen performed a spoken-word piece.

OneWheaton Co-Chair Jose Vilanova shared his coming-out story, his passion for music and his love of the Episcopal church. Mitch Rodriguez also shared his coming out story stating that after a positive conversation with a female professor during his college years, "I never had to sympathize with my captors anymore."

A panel discussion took place after the talent showcase with Keiko Feldman, OneWheaton's press/media chairperson, serving as the moderator. Panelists included current student and straight ally Danny Aguilar, who is studying sociology and pre law and works with community diversity at the college; Holly Braun, who has provided advocacy and pastoral care to Chicano gang members in Washington state for the past five years; the Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, who is an Episcopal priest, religious activist, lecturer and author; John Michael, who works for the Pride for Youths Empowerment Project in the New York City area providing outreach to queer men of color; Mark Siemens, who was a lawyer for 20 years and is now serving as the administrative director of an opera company in New York City; and Lora Wiens, who is a clinical psychologist in a private practice.

Panelists were asked their reasons for attending Wheaton College, religious interpretations of the LGBT community, and what it is like to come out as a Wheaton alumni to LGBT friends, among other questions.

At the end of the night, a Wheaton College faculty member and ally to the LGBT community told the crowd that if any current student who is LGBT needed someone to talk to, his door would always be open. He assured the audience that he wouldn't report a student who came out to him and reveal a relationship. Wheaton College forbids any LGBT student from having a same-sex relationship while enrolled at the school.

Since the formation of OneWheaton last year, approximately 50 other Christian colleges and universities across the United States have formed LGBTQ alumni groups under the Safety Net umbrella. Some examples include OneTable (Fuller Seminary in Calif.), OneGeorgeFox (George Fox University in Ore.), OneEastern (Eastern University in Pa.), OneCorban (Corban University in Ore.), OneWestmont (Westmont College in Calif.), OneNU (Northwest University in Wash.), Reach OUT (Pepperdine University in Calif.), SAFE Samford (Samford University in Ala.) and BJUNITY (Bob Jones University in S.C).

See www.onewheaton.com for more information.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

New HRC president to go on national tour 2019-08-15 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that new President Alphonso David will embark on a national tour of seven key cities ...


Gay News

IL Safe Schools Alliance, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago merge 2019-08-15 - Chicago, IL - After almost a year of integrating operations, the Boards of Directors for Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago ( PHIMC ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ Biz Bootcamp to start Oct. 5 2019-08-15 - The LGBT Chamber of Commerce announced that applications are open for its first-ever LGBTQ+ Biz Bootcamp. This six-week cohort program ( which begins ...


Gay News

Chicago Meal Pack of 9/11 Day 2019-08-14 - The first-ever Chicago Meal Pack of 9/11 Day—co-hosted by Serve Illinois and the Greater Chicago Food Depository—will take place Wed., Sept. 11, 7 ...


Gay News

PODCASTS Crossroads Fund's 'Queering Left' tackles queerness, activism 2019-08-12 - Crossroads Fund—a Chicago-based foundation that supports organizations working toward racial, social and economic justice—has introduced a new multimedia project called "Queering Left." ...


Gay News

Angela Barnes discusses chairing Center on Halsted's board 2019-08-07 - Growing up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Angela Barnes learned the importance of "volunteering and giving back as much and as ...


Gay News

EXCLUSIVE: Community activists launch focus on Center on Halsted 2019-08-06 - After several community conversations this summer about allegations of racism from some Boystown business owners and other organizations, a Chicago activist organization is ...


Gay News

MillerCoors' 'Tap Into Change' running all summer 2019-08-06 - MillerCoors is celebrating Pride all summer long in Chicago through the "Tap Into Change" program, which will direct a portion of the proceeds ...


Gay News

New Dance for Life director named 2019-08-06 - Fewer than three weeks before Dance for Life is slated to take place, the organization announced the appointment of Kesha M Pate as ...


Gay News

Rainbow pylons become city landmarks 2019-07-26 - The rainbow pylons dotting the Halsted Street landscape —and are the basis of the Legacy Walk outdoor museum—are officially city landmarks. The ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.