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52 Ways #20: Encourage and Support HIV Testing

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Gay and bisexual men make up 70% of new HIV infections in the United States; communities of color and young adults are particularly hard hit. HIV testing is critical for both individual health and in the efforts to end the epidemic. When people know their HIV status, they can make healthy and informed choices about […]

Our 2020-2021 Trans Seminarian Cohort!

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TOP ROW (Left to Right): (1) Carter Snyder-Samuelson | (2) Mai | (3) Logan Lovelace | (4) Kameryn Lee BOTTOM ROW (Left to Right): (5) Benny VanDerburgh | (6) Koach Baruch | (7) Sam Aldave | (8) Drak Druella We are proud to introduce our 2020-2021 Trans Seminarian Cohort, our 8th class! Sponsored by CLGS, […]

52 Ways #19: Add LGBTQ Books to Your Book Discussion Groups

by CLGSAdminy1

Does your community have a book club or discussion group? Take a look at the titles you’ve read over the last couple of years and consider whether they are fully inclusive of LGBTQ people and themes. Sometimes groups inadvertently adopt suggested lists created for books groups that don’t take into diversity into account when making […]

52 Ways #18: Learn about Religious Liberty

by CLGSAdminy1

The right to worship and practice your faith freely is a fundamental American value.  Unfortunately, however, laws designed to protect the rights of religious minorities are now being used in an attempt to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people.  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) came about after two Native Americans were fired from their jobs […]

A New Year’s Call to Prayer for 2021

by CLGSAdminy1

Gracious Creator, As we enter this new year, we have an array of emotions. We feel joyous, as we have with each dawning of a year full of hope and possibilities. We feel anxious, as we carry over the emotional heaviness from 2020. We feel generous, as we desire to give to others who bore […]

52 Ways #17: Engage in Listening and Learning

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No matter how long your congregation has been welcoming LGBTQ people, there is always more to learn. This week, we suggest engaging in some active listening. Think of groups that are underrepresented or often unheard from in your congregation; some examples might be LGBTQ people of color, youth, seniors, bisexuals, people engaged in polyamory, those […]

52 Ways #13: Support LGBTQ Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants

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More people than ever before in human history have been displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). Right now, a staggering 20 people are displaced from their homes every minute of every day, adding up to 65.6 million people. Of these, 22.5 million are refugees; fewer than 200,000 […]

52 Ways #12: Join Your Denominational LGBTQ-Affirming Organization — or Start One!

by CLGSAdminy1

People from your own spiritual tradition can be a great resource.  They know the particular challenges and opportunities for inclusion that your denomination faces, along with an understanding of how best to engage your unique religious heritage.  They may also have great ideas, initiatives, and resources that can help you along. In addition, you can […]

52 Ways #10: Offer a Genuine Welcome at the Door

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When Janet was visiting a church for the first time, they asked the greeter where they could find a restroom.  The greeter responded by asking, in a friendly voice, if Janet would prefer the men’s room, the women’s room, or the gender-neutral restroom.  This told Janet immediately that this church was ready and welcoming of […]

52 Ways #9: Raise Your Voice and Vote!

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Raise Your Voice and Vote! As Candace Bond of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has written, “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest.”  For LGBTQ+ people, voting is absolutely crucial in the ongoing struggle to ensure the civil rights of […]