People Occasionally Ask Us: “Why Are Support Meetings Held at Churches?”
The answer is quite simple: Churches are the ones who have offered us meeting space, their configuration fits our needs, and have affordable rents (sometimes free!) Yes, there’s no conspiracy to unravel here. We often hold PFLAG support meetings at local churches because they are the ones who are quick to offer us a meeting space. Sometimes, the meeting space includes the flexibility of having use of multiple meeting rooms (which we sometimes utilize, depending on our needs and the number of attendees at a particular location). But, mostly it is a cost-decision for us.
So, please don’t worry — we don’t meet at any particular church in order to ‘convert’ anyone’s faith or religious views. After all, PFLAG is a non-sectarian group, so we (as an organization) don’t subscribe to any particular faith. We do talk about faith sometimes at our meetings when an attendee is having particular issues with a denomination or members of their family that are in a particular denomination. What you’ll find is that our attendees come from all faith backgrounds (and some come from no faith background, and that’s okay too), and we all bring our past experiences and history with us as we listen and, if appropriate, share from that experience and history.
Regardless, you’ll also find that we don’t talk about faith issues just as much as we do talk about faith issues — it’s ‘hit and miss’ at each support meeting, depending on who comes and what issues they bring to the support table.