Book & Film Events
Each month, the Compassion Consortium suggests a book or film for you to read or view that relates to our mission. Then join us to discuss and exchange thoughts regarding the book or film and its meaning to you. When possible, the book’s author or someone involved with the production of the film will join us.
A Special Night in Honor of PRIDE MONTH
June 15, 2021
8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Compassion Consortium is proud to present Gay the Pray Away: Healing Your Life, Love and Relationships From the Harms of LGBT Conversion Therapy for your consideration. Join us at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 15, 2021 via Zoom as the author, The Reverend Erika Allison, joins us to discuss the book and her work, as well as answer your questions.
Synopsis of Book:
For many people, religious communities have been a source of rejection, judgment, and shame. In Gay the Pray Away, Rev Erika Allison shares her experience growing up in a religious family in Texas and enduring conversion therapy as their attempt to change her sexual orientation.
The book first describes her 20-year journey of healing and recovery as she learned to peel back the layers of conditioning to find her true, authentic self. This discovery led Rev. Erika to transform from corporate engineer to Queer interfaith minister (and aspiring mystic), from human “doing & proving” to human being, and from carnivore to compassionate vegan. Along the way, she also learned how to forgive, heal, and make peace with her family and “the church.”
Next, Rev. Erika offers readers 7 guideposts she calls “the RAINBOW path.” The steps suggest a way to heal from identity harm―or any other experience of being that told who you are is somehow unlovable or flawed. She hopes this book will help readers connect with their truest version of themselves, fall in love with that authentic self, and unapologetically unleash that brilliant self to shine brightly in the world.
Erika Allison is a Queer interfaith minister, spiritual counselor, author and workshop leader. She helps people find spiritual liberation, strengthen resilience and live a joyful, authentic life. Rev. Erika is the author of Gay the Pray Away: Healing your Life, Love, and Relationships from the Harms of LGBT Conversion Therapy and she leads a monthly Queer spiritual gathering called Gay the Pray. She is a frequent podcast guest and guest speaker for Queer-affirming religious/spiritual centers and events. Rev. Erika was recently named to Queerency’s 100 Women list celebrating LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, leaders and creators. She is a board member at Farm Sanctuary and advocates for kindness and inclusive awareness for all beings.
Get the Book:
You do not need to have read the book to attend, but we recommend it, so you can bring your questions!
Episcopal priest and the Executive Director of GreenFaith, a global multi-faith climate and environmental justice network
With honesty and candor, Fletcher Harper shows that it takes belief and practice, science and faith to sustain us and our planet. The book gives concrete examples and tips that will help people of faith and worshiping communities engage in Earth care—in bold, life-giving ways. Each chapter has questions to guide personal study and group conversation. All bets are off if we go over the climate change cliff—a disaster greater than many Hurricane Sandys. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. While debated for years and despite some media reports to the contrary, the majority of people are ready to take action to avoid calamity. But what action is advisable or even possible? What can ordinary people do in the face of such staggering problems? Can or should faith communities play a part? Fletcher Harper shows how we can make a difference and make Earth a better world for all of us.