New Hope, PA
Deer Park Camp
2017 Affirmation Leadership Retreat - New Hope, Pennsylvania
From  Fri, May 19, 2017
To  Sun, May 21, 2017
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Full Weekend with Meals and Overnight Stay [+] $118.00
2 Nights @ $33 each ($66) and Single Day Pass @ $17, plus Meals @$35
Full Weekend with Meals and No Overnight Stay [+] $86.00
3 Day Passes @ $17 each ($51), plus Meals @$35
Full Weekend with Overnight Stay and No Meals [+] $83.00
2 Nights @ $33 each ($66), plus Single Day Pass @ $17, no food
Weekend with No Meals and No Overnight Stay [+] $51.00
3 Day Passes @$17 each
Single Day Pass [+] $17.00
Friday or Saturday or Sunday, does not include meals
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A Spiritual Leadership Retreat Focusing on Intersectionality for LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends


LGBTQ+ Mormons, their Families and Friends are invited to a spiritual/leadership retreat in New Hope, PA, May 19-21. This retreat is not just for LGBTQ+ people but also for those who desire to serve in the LGBTQ+ Mormon community.


This year’s theme revolves around the concept of intersectionality, which was first used by Professor Kimberle Crenshaw to explain overlapping social identities as they relate to discrimination and oppression.

For example, are you an active Mormon who is gay, Latino, and disabled? Are you Mormon, female, black, and lesbian? Do you identify as LDS and asexual and feel the need to downplay either of those things at work, at church, or in the community? Were you once a practicing Mormon who has now come out as transgender as well as bisexual? Are you a lower-income Asian-American agender person? Are you an elderly white man unemployed due to shifting global economic forces? Many of us experience increased marginalization due to intersecting  minority identities.

Race, ethnicity, class, immigration status, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and ability are all characteristics through which we might experience discrimination and inequality.  An intersectional lens brings awareness to all forms of oppression and helps us realize the ways we might act as oppressors, as well as the ways we are oppressed.  Through intersectional awareness, we can understand the diversity of our experiences as LGBTQ+ Mormons and engage in a spiritual practice that “undoes the heavy burdens” and “lift(s) up the hands which hang down,” thereby helping us become one in Christ.  

To learn more about intersectionality, please visit:


New Hope, Pennsylvania

New Hope and its Sister City Lambertville are two very LGBTQ+ friendly communities. During the weekend of our retreat, they will be celebrating pride. We will allow some free time so that those interested can also participate in the these events. If there is enough interest, we will provide transportation for those who will be attending without a vehicle.  For more information on New Hope/ Lambertville Pride Events:


Deer Park Camp

Deer Park Camp welcomes all people regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or age. For more than 100 years Deer Park has been a retreat center in Bucks County, PA committed to providing an environment that fosters interpersonal and spiritual growth. The Deer Park Camp and Retreat Center is owned by the Community of Christ and provides 76 acres of outdoor space, sleeping and dining facilities, and numerous meeting rooms. Deer Park is a peaceful, pristine, and preserved woodland where people come to celebrate, retreat, recreate, grow, and be close to nature.

The main building where sessions will take place is the Auditorium, built in 1876 and a Pennsylvania-registered historic building.



Fatimah Salleh - Dr. Fatimah Salleh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is the daughter of a Puerto-Rican and Malyasian mother and an African-American father. Dr. Salleh received a Masters in Journalism from Syracuse University in 2001 and her doctorate in Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. She then went back to school to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Duke University in hopes to work out her own religious crisis. She has four children, Micah, Xavier, Ronin, and Zora, and has been married to her husband Eric for 15 years.

Emmett Claren - Emmett is a 23-year-old transman. He loves getting lost in the mountains and listening to music. Filmmaking and inspiring others are his passions, along with eating food. Emmett is currently active in the LDS Church and spoke at the 2016 International Affirmation Conference. His story has been featured in The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post.

Neil Aitken - Neil Aitken is the award-winning author of two books of poetry, a former computer games programmer, and a translator of contemporary Chinese avant garde poetry. Of Chinese, Scottish, and English ancestry, Neil was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada and grew up LDS in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of the western United States and Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, and has taught intersectional creative writing courses and workshops.  Neil is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, as well as the curator of Have Book Will Travel, a web resource that connects authors and reading series. He currently lives in Vancouver, WA where he works as a creative writing coach. His most recent book, Babbage’s Dream, explores the interplay of beauty, loss, faith, and science as it pertains to the history of computers and our own relationships with technology.

Terry Blas - Terry Blas is the illustrator/writer behind the comics Briar Hollow, Ghetto Swirl, and the NPR-featured You Say Latino, and has had his work appear on covers for Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Rick and Morty, and Adventure Time. His latest book is a fat camp murder mystery titled: Morbid Obesity, to be published in 2018 by Oni Press. Raised LDS, he grew up between Boise, Idaho and many cities in Mexico. He is proud of his bicultural, Latino heritage and proud to identify as gay in a world with ever-changing labels and identities.

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