The program options include two similar but different tracks.
The primary track is the formation of individual pastoral ministers to better accompany transgender and non-binary persons as they embrace their lived reality in the context of their Christian faith. This track is designed for individuals who currently serve as spiritual directors, counselors/therapists, vowed religious, educators, ministry directors/facilitators and pastoral ministers. Each formation group will ideally consist of 9-12 persons, facilitated by Fortunate Families, and requires a commitment to study provided resources, to actively accompany a transgender or non-binary person, and to be present for group discernment and discussion.
The second track is educational in purpose, designed for groups (diocesan, schools, medical, parish councils or parish LGBTQ+ ministries, etc.) who support and desire to understand more about the lives of transgender and non-binary persons. Groups should have their own facilitator, and can select all, or a subset of, the available videos.
Persons who do not qualify for the primary track, and who may not be part of an established group as described above, may be invited to join with other individuals to form groups initiated and facilitated by Fortunate Families for educational purposes.
Both individuals and groups will need to apply and be approved for the program. Individual and group representative(s) who apply will be further interviewed by phone or zoom by Fortunate Families.