Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo speaking in Great Auditorium

Sunday_Speaker_campoloDr. Anthony Campolo, speaker, author, sociologist, pastor, social activist and passionate follower of Jesus – from TonyCampolo.org.  “One of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US, …(who) has called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church,” will be speaking at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium this Sunday, August 16th.

GREAT AUDITORIUM

54 Pitman Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

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From Christiantoday.com

Tony Campolo calls for full acceptance of gay Christian couples in the Church –

One of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US has called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church. Baptist minister Tony Campolo, who was once a spiritual advisor to former president Bill Clinton, has always been a progressive evangelical but in spite of that has until now spoken out against gay marriage.

It is time to include gay couples fully into the Church, he says. The “exclusion and disapproval” they receive from the Christian community must now end, Campolo insists. He warns that the Church is in danger of repeating the same kinds of mistakes it made when it supported slavery and opposed the ministry of women.

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About Tony Campolo from his website…

Tony Campolo

is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He has written more than 35 books. He is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement and blogs regularly at his website, RedLetterChristians.org, and can also be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Campolo and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

In November 2012, Tony Campolo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Youth Worker’s Convention. The wording on the award is: “Award of Lifetime Achievement is proudly presented to Tony Campolo who has defined and courageously pioneered what is means to encourage, care and lead students, possessing the qualities that inspire us and provoke us to continue the journey into the future with boldness and confidence. As a result of Tony’s life of ministry and leadership he has left a legacy of encouragement and hope to youth workers and students everywhere.”

When the presentation was given, a great mention of Tony’s work with Compassion International was made and Compassion asked to be able to say thank you to Tony for the lifetime of child sponsorships he has helped to make possible. At this link, is the thank you video.

To learn more about our somewhat amazing story, we invite you to read “Over The Top For Jesus: A Brief History of the Life and Ministry of Tony Campolo and EAPE.”

Parent and Family Group

A therapeutic group for parents and family of LGBT youth will start at QSpot in September.  The group will focus on a variety of issues and be facilitated by a licensed counselor. Costs are on a sliding scale. To sign-up, refer a client or read more, click here…

Art Show Benefit – Ramon Robledo – Saturday, July 18

Please join us for QSpot’s first art show benefit with Ramon Robledo on Saturday, July 18th at 6pm. Meet the artist and see his most recent works. All proceeds from the sale of Robledo’s Double Step (pictured here) will be donated to support QSpot. Robledo was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved toManhattan’s West Village in his twenties where he met his spouse, Peter Prorok, and lived there until 1997. At an early age, Robledo began sketching, drawing and painting what he saw in front ofhim. Today, he enjoys producing what his heart feels and his mind conceives at his gallery – A Stage in Time, located in Lambertville, NJ.

Asbury Park Press: LGBT center in Asbury Park opens its new home

Thank you to the Asbury Park Press for publishing a story about QSpot’s grand opening celebration and dedication ceremony!

LGBT center in Asbury Park opens its new home

One of the goals of the QSpot LGBT Community Center is to provide a place where people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender can celebrate their uniqueness and gain strength to bring that uniqueness into the broader community.

That goal, along with the rest of the center’s mission, gained momentum May 17 as QSpot organizers hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the opening of their expanded and permanent home, located inside the basement of the Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 Main St. in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune.  Read Full Story…

QSpot LGBT Community Center to hold Grand Opening Celebration & Dedication Ceremony on May 17

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QSpot LGBT Community Center to hold Grand Opening Celebration & Dedication Ceremony on May 17

The QSpot LGBT Community Center will hold a grand opening celebration & dedication ceremony of their new facility located at 66 S. Main St., Ocean Grove, NJ on Sunday, May 17, 1-6 pm. The dedication ceremony will take place at 3 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Neptune Committeeman Randy Bishop and Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry will speak at the event.

Event ImageThe QSpot LGBT Community Center is one of NJ’s largest safe spaces providing services to the LGBT community without fear, prejudice or discrimination. QSpot’s new facility features over 1500 sq ft of public and private meeting space along with a coffee-house cafe called the Library Lounge. It is the only facility of its kind in Monmouth County, an area with a large LGBT population. QSpot’s mission is to foster the health, well-being and pride of NJ’s LGBT community. QSpot provides support, education and referrals to LGBT youth, seniors, and families, along with 12-step meetings, social events, and is home to a number of LGBT clubs.

ABOUT QSPOT

QSpot was founded as a nonprofit corporation on July 1, 2005. Joe D’Andrea, an Asbury Park resident, along with others, established the organization with the goal of opening an LGBT community center where services for residents could be provided. Tragically, within six months of founding the organization, D’Andrea suddenly died. In 2007, MaryAnn Buchanan, a QSpot volunteer and local resident, became Board Chair. Using an all-volunteer, grass roots, community-based model, over the last 8 years QSpot began offering programming to support the LGBT community. On February 7th, 2015, QSpot moved into its new home, a 1500 sq ft facility that is a gathering spot for the LGBT community. A place where individuals, groups and families can come to be social, find support and grow without fear, prejudice or discrimination. On June 1, Buchanan will be retiring and become Board Chair Emeritus.