susan-cottrellWe are very excited to announce that author and Freedhearts blogger, Susan Cottrell will be our featured speaker in August. Susan Cottrell is a writer, speaker, teacher, counselor and ally. She is driving here all the way from Texas to be with us on Sunday August 18th so we’re looking for a big Georgia-sized welcome for her!

Eventbrite - Susan Cottrell, FreedHearts blogger and author visits PFLAG on Aug 18

Please join us as we listen to Susan share her story of faith, love and hope. She will speak on resolving the unique tension between parenting, Christianity and being LGBTQ. Christian parents struggle with their faith when their kids come out to them because they see it as a black and white issue. Her heart is to convey hope and set out a path for them to find peace on this incredible journey. It is also her heart to help parents of other faith beliefs understand how best to help Christian parents in their support groups.

She writes:

For years I have taught the abiding life of Christ – in books, retreats, and direct discipling…God has also placed the LGBTQ community of believers and their families on my heart.

Why would a married Christ-loving mom join this debate? Two reasons. 1. Jesus called me. 2. I can’t help myself.

We have loved her posts and articles here at PFLAG Atlanta and reposted several of them. Susan will answer questions after she makes her comments. We will break for refreshments and then follow with our support groups from 4pm to 5pm.

When: Sunday, January 17, 2016 02:30 pm – 5:00pm

Where: St. Mark United Methodist Church (UMC) 781 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, Georgia 30308

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Free and plentiful parking is available in the St. Mark UMC on-site parking lot. Traffic is generally very light in town on Sunday afternoons. Look for signs to indicate parking locations during PFLAG meeting times. Parking entry from 5th street (elderly/disabled parking only) and from Juniper south of 5th St (general parking).

Parking Map for St. Mark UMC

From the North

Going South on I-75, I-85 or GA400

Take the I-75 and I-85 connector into downtown Atlanta. Take Exit 249D, North Avenue, turn LEFT at stop light. Go East on North Avenue to Peachtree St (four blocks). Turn LEFT (North) on Peachtree Street; go four blocks North to 5th Street. Saint Mark is on the right side, at the corner of Peachtree Street and 5th Street.

From the South

Coming from I-20 East or West, or going North on I-75 or I-85

Go North into downtown Atlanta on the I-75 / I-85 connector. Take Exit 249B toward Spring Street and West Peachtree Street. Follow signs to Peachtree Street (straight ahead). Go LEFT (North) on Peachtree Street; go five blocks North to 5th Street. Saint Mark is on the right side, at the corner of Peachtree Street and 5th Street.


We can also be reached by MARTA, Atlanta’s public transit system. Parking for less than 24 hours is free at many MARTA parking facilities.

By train:

Take a northbound or southbound train to the N3 station at North Avenue, then exit the station at the north end, go north two blocks to 5th Street, turn right and walk up two blocks to Peachtree Street. Saint Mark will be right in front of you.

By bus:

Route: 110 Peachtree St./”The Peach” runs north/south on Peachtree Street every 30 minutes weekdays and every 20 minutes Sundays.