Area churches and GLBT-focused organizations are planning a weekend of events in mid-November centered on the transgender community. "Called to Be: An Affirming Dialogue with the Transgender Community" will be held Nov. 14-16 at North Congregational United Church of Christ, 2040 West Henderson Rd., Columbus.

The weekend's activities will feature the Reverend Malcolm Himschoot, one of the few openly transgender clergy in the U.S., whose struggle with faith, love and gender identity is chronicled in the critically acclaimed documentary film "Call Me Malcolm."

The evening of Friday, Nov. 14, will feature a "meet-and-greet" social period with Rev. Himschoot for transgender individuals with or without their significant others or family.

Events on Saturday and Sunday are open to all interested parties. Saturday's events begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and include a keynote speech by Rev. Himschoot, a panel discussion and several breakout sessions that allow for more detailed interaction. Saturday's registration fee ($10 per person before Nov. 1 and $15 thereafter) covers a continental breakfast and lunch, with free childcare provided on site.

Sunday's events, led by Rev. Himschoot, include Adult Education at 9:15 a.m. and a worship service at 10:30 a.m. with ASL interpretation.

Sponsoring organizations for "Called to Be," in addition to North Congregational UCC, are the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), the Gender Dysphoria Program of Central Ohio and Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO).  Community Partners in the weekend's events are Transitioning Together and Kaleidoscope.
The MTSO Gay Straight Alliance is sponsoring events featuring Rev. Himschoot at MTSO in Delaware, Ohio, on Thursday, Nov. 13

Registration for "Called to Be" and further information about the weekend is available online at