H.E.R.O. (Helping to Educate Regarding Orientation)

With the inclusive love of Jesus, the Ingomar Church H.E.R.O. Group wants to welcome, support, educate, advocate for and affirm all of God’s children.

Statement of Purpose, Ingomar Church HERO Group
A brief history of H.E.R.O.

Upon request from some members of this congregation, the H.E.R.O. small group was formed this fall. Because many of the participants have beloved family members who identify as LGBTQIA+, we understand that theirs is a clear and pointed perspective. However, these participants also understand that they do not represent the views of the entire congregation.

The purpose of H.E.R.O. is to help people discuss this topic in an educated manner, not to change minds, but to change hearts to come to the greater understanding that, through Christ, the people of the congregation love each other enough to respect that people hold differing points of view.

Because the denomination is making some big decisions in this area, the participants of H.E.R.O. also hope to be able to hold respectful discussions about our different perspectives, so that when it comes time to make decisions at the local church level, we are not divided, but instead may remain united in love.


Kulanu (“All of Us”): B’tzelem Elohim (“In God’s Image”)
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 pm, via Zoom

Hebrew scholar, Rabbi Sheryn Henry of Rodef Shalom, offers a Hebrew perspective on what Scripture says regarding orientation.

What does it mean to be created in God’s image? It is not just a description of our selves, but also a statement of responsibility about the way that we treat others. Do we see God in them? Do we recognize that all people are created in God’s image, not just famous people or people who can serve us in some way?

Join with us as Rabbi Sheryn Henry of Rodef Shalom discusses the Hebrew language in the biblical texts regarding orientation.

Rabbi Sharyn H. Henry has been rabbi of the congregation since 2004. Her rabbinic focus is social action, inclusion, and worship. Rabbi Henry was presented with a Doctor of Divinity in 2013 by the Hebrew Union College for 25 years teaching “the faith, culture and ethics of Reform Judaism”.

With Rodef Shalom since 1999, she first served as the Religious School Principal with that position evolving into Youth and Education Director. Prior to joining RSC, Rabbi Henry held the positions of Rabbi/Educator at Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Park, PA and Assistant Rabbi at The Temple – Congregation B’nai Jedudah in Kansas City, MO, where she was the city’s only female rabbi.

She received her Rabbinic Ordination (1988) from HUC-JIR with a Master’s in Hebrew Letters (MAHL, 1987). She earned her undergraduate degree, with honors, in Psychology (1980) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Rabbi Henry was recognized by Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) with a Humanitarian Award for her advocacy of equality and inclusion. Additionally, she is a member of the Community Day School Board of Trustees.

Sharyn and her husband, Dennis Grinberg, have 2 sons, Avi and Asher. They make their home in Squirrel Hill.

To participate, please contact Pastor Cyndi, or check your Connect Card in worship.