Dates: Beginning Tuesday, February 9, 2021! 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm ET
Available by: Join by Videoconference Only (learn more about videoconference)
Facilitated by: Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin, LCSW
Price: This is a free event!
RSVP IS REQUIRED AS THIS IS A CLOSED EVENT: Email [email protected].
EVERY 2ND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH!
The widespread loss of vital Alternative Relationship and Alternative Identity social, spiritual, and community forums during the pandemic inspired the creation of the OSLA Alt Faith Collective. This private monthly online forum provides a warm and affirming spiritual safe haven for OSLA's Altfolk to be together, engage in sacred connection, and receive support in nourishing our unique and divinely created Alt souls. Program content includes theological exploration of Altness and holiness, inspirational and Affirming readings, discussion, participant sharing and mutual support, and other content aimed at buttressing OSLA's Altfolk as we walk our sacred paths as ministers, counselors, leaders, scholars, healers, educators, students, and seekers.
This group is for Altfolk and those exploring their Altness. Committed Allies or people who want to become Allies are warmly encouraged to reach out to Rev. Deb for resources, information, and a comprehensive reading list.
Alternative (or "Alt") is a purposefully broad term encompassing people who are oriented to diverse non-mainstream relationships or family/kinship constellations, or whose sex, sexuality, sexual practices, and/or gender expressions are non-stereotypical or non-conforming. Alt Relationship and Alt Identity populations include, but are not limited to, Polyamory, Ethical Non-Monogamy, Kink, BDSM, Leather, Consensual Power Exchange, Chosen Families, LGBT, Queer, Genderqueer, Fluid or Fluctuating, and beyond, as well as those who are in discernment as to where they might land in this beautiful firmament of Altness.
Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin, LCSW
Rev. Deb (pronouns she/her/hers) is a Holistic and Integrative psychotherapist in private practice serving diverse populations including LGB, Transgender, Genderqueer, Questioning, Kink, Poly, BDSM, Ethical Non Monogamy, Sex Workers, Alternative Relationships, Chosen Families, and Straight Allies. Rev. Deb served as Director of Behavioral Health at Interfaith Hospital and was the Director of Social Work and Clinical Services at Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities. She has a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion through which she conducted a research study on the spiritual and faith community needs of people in Alternative Relationships. Rev. Deb is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister through the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She is the founder of PrideMinistry: An Affirming Spiritual Community for Alternative Souls that meets the lifecycle and spiritual needs of Alt Relationship individuals, families, and communities. She mentors masters and PhD students and clinically supervises psychotherapists, mental health counselors, and sex educators. She has spoken at more than 200 professional conferences and workshops around the world.
If you have questions about rsvping for this collective, please contact Rev. Deb Berman by email at [email protected].