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Healthy Connections Programs with OutFront MN Set for Jan. 30

Published Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Matt Lewellyn-Otten, Outfront MN
Matt Lewellyn-Otten, Outfront MN

Southwest Minnesota State University will host “Healthy Connections: Dismantling Hate & Restoring Community” on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Conference Center Upper Level. The program will be repeated at the YMCA, Multipurpose Room from 6:00-8:00pm the same day.

Outfront Minnesota’s Matt Lewellyn-Otten, associate director of religious organizing, will give the keynote speech. A community member panel and discussion will follow the keynote.

Outfront Minnesota is a group that supports equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Matt joined the OutFront team in the fall of 2021 as the Religious Organizer. Before joining the team, Matt spent the majority of their career in Youth Ministry working in United Church of Christ, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches. As the Religious Organizer, Matt works with faith communities across the state to bring them along in the advocacy and inclusion of queer people in all faith practices. 

Matt is a Minnesota transplant originally from South Carolina where he attended Erskine College and studied Bible and Religion. Later, Matt earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the College of Charleston and a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. In his studies and career, Matt has sought ways to build better understanding across faith communities and create spaces of connection and growth. 

The program is sponsored by PFLAG, The More Network, Marshall Area Peace Seekers, Marshall Pride, SMSU LGBTQ+ Center, and Outfront Minnesota.

Both the SMSU and YMCA events are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Julie Walker, Director of the LGBTQ+ Center at 507-537-6294 or Julie.Walker@SMSU.edu.

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