Inclusiveness Ministry

The Sharing Our Stories (SOS) podcast brings people together to be in conversation about diverse experiences, because we believe that when people share their stories, we move toward greater understanding and compassion for one another.

The Sharing Our Stories podcast is a production of Micah 6:8 Ministries, the Inclusion & Social Justice Team of Trinity UMC in Salina, KS.

Season 1: LGBTQIA+: More Than a Letter

E1: Definitely Not a Plant: Discovering what it means to be Ace

In our first episode we will speak with Libby Lorenson, one of our own here at Trinity UMC in Salina, KS. Libby will share her journey of how she came to realize she wasn’t somehow broken, just asexual, what that means and doesn’t mean, and how media is crucial to visibility.

“You get this analysis spiral of what’s going on and what’s different. And then, right about a year after discovering the word ‘asexual,’ I find, maybe this spiral has and end, and it just means I’m ace?”

Resources and Information:

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQIA+) young people. This website offers crisis support as well as advocacy, research, and education.

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network. AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen

Dear Luke, Love Me.  The Kickstarter page where you can learn about this independent film, its evolution, and support its production.

Production Team:

  • Project Manager, Writer, Audio Engineer, Graphic Designer, Assistant Administrator: Anne E.H. Hoekstra (she/her)
  • Host, Guest Relations Manager: Stephanie Johannes (she/her)
  • Website Design, Administrator: Tyler Breneman (he/him)
  • Outreach Management and General Support: Micah 6:8 Ministries Team

Sharing Our Stories is funded by:

  • Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina, KS; and through a Social Justice Seed Money Grant from the Mercy and Justice Team of the Great Plains United Methodist Conference. Thank you!

Additional great big THANK YOUs go out to:

  • Paul Green, Production Manager and Adjunct of Communication Studies for the Department of Communication Studies & Theatre Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS
  • Pastor Eric Meyer, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Salina, KS
  • The Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church

Micah 6:8 Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with God