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Family Matters Conference

Dates: 10/06/2018 Dates: 10/06/2018 Times: 09:00 - 15:00 Location: University of the Sciences, West Philadelphia

SAVE THE DATE! The 9th Annual Family Matters Conference will take place at USciences on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Let us know your proposals and ideas for workshops by August 3rd by filling out this online survey.

Want to sponsor the conference this year? Go here to fill out a form to sponsor and to pay for your support.All sponsorships come with a table at the event.

The 9th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference will take place at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9am-3pm.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Naomi Washington-Leapheart, pictured.

Naomi Washington-Leapheart, a daughter of Detroit, is the Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ justice and equality group. In that role, she coordinates the Task Force’s public faith messaging and advocacy and leadership development work in faith communities. Naomi is also an adjunct professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.

Before joining the Task Force, Naomi was a faith organizer for POWER, a multi-faith, multi-racial network of congregations in metro Philadelphia. She also served as Co-Pastor and Minister of Music at the Wisdom’s Table at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. An ordained minister, she earned the Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2016 and is affiliated with the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Read her full bio here.

Check back for more info on the programming, registration and kids’ and youth programming in late August.

Conference Sponsors for 2018 (as of 8/6/18)


American Reading Company
Main Line Fertility


Fairmount Pediatrics
Turning Points for Children


Refuge Midwifery

Add your organization to this list by filling out this form.

Conference History:

The conference was first held in 2010 at the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research and offered 20 workshops for attendees, as well as a kids zone.

In 2011, our second annual conference was sponsored by Widener University and Widener’s Center for Social Work Education and the Graduate Program in Human Sexuality. There were 18 workshops and panels during the day, including an Ask the Experts! Teen Panel during lunch.

In 2012, our third annual conference was sponsored by Arcadia University School of Education, the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. The theme was “Welcoming Schools” and the keynote speaker Graciela Slesaransky-Poe. We offered 13 workshops and panels, including ones specifically for educators.

In 2013, our fourth conference was held at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The theme was “Telling Our Stories” and the keynote speaker was kids’ book author Cory Silverberg.

In 2014, our fifth conference was held at The Philadelphia School. The theme was “Our Families and the Future” and they keynote speaker was Mary Anders.

In 2015, our sixth conference was held at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The theme was “Mind, Body and Soul: Taking care of our ourselves and our families.” Our keynote speaker was Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General for Pennsylvania.

In 2016, our seventh conference was held at the University of the Sciences with keynote speaker Staceyann Chin.

In 2017, our eighth conference was held at the University of the Sciences with keynote speaker Heath Davis. Watch a video of his presentation.


3 Responses to “Family Matters Conference”

  1. Octavio Hingle-Webster October 17, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    Hello PFP!

    My name is Octavio Hingle-Webster, and i’m a non-binary femme dance student and budding arts educator living in West Philadelphia. I’m looking for work and volunteer opportunities for queer-friendly families and childcare providers in the city. I’m wondering if there are volunteer opportunities available for childcare work with the family matters conference on the 29th? It sounds like awesome conference and I great way to get connected to queer and allied families in Philly.
    I have lots of experience working with children and youth in preschools, summer camps and dance studios. I’m happy to send you, or St. Mary’s Nursery School, my resume and references. Thanks so much for the consideration!



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