MAGGIE VALLEY — A spiritual retreat for LGBT Christians, The Cross & The Rainbow, will be held Oct. 8-10 at Living Waters Reflection Center, 103 Living Waters Ln.

This annual event provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to make friends, share stories and strengthen one’s relationship with God. It is sponsored by The Diocesan Ministry for Gay and Lesbian Catholics which is a initiative for the Diocese of Charlotte.

Group sessions, meals, a mountain hike, a Catholic Mass and quiet reflection time is available for everyone.

The ministry’s mission is to facilitate the pastoral care of gay and lesbian people and provide them welcome within the Christian community of its Diocese.

Cost is $95 for the weekend and includes a semi-private room, six meals and retreat sessions.

To reserve space or for more information, write David Ferguson, P .O. Box 12451, Charlotte, NC 28220, call 704-921-5711 or email (with “retreat” in the subject line).

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.