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52 Ways #43: Create a Community of Care for Your LGBTQ Congregants I: What is Welcome?

by Bernard Schlager

Baptist minister Jacki Belile recommends a three-fold task for congregations seeking to welcome LGBTQ people: “Take into account the depth of people’s betrayal and pain at the hands of the institutional church in all the dimensions of fellowship, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care”; Offer “significant opportunities for LGBT people to have visibility, voice and leadership […]

52 Ways #41: Be Visible at Pride

by CLGSAdminy1

Pride festivals—held in many towns and cities across the country—are a fantastic way to reach out to LGBTQ people and our allies and let people know about your inclusive stance. It is also an important witness that people of faith can be accepting and supportive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Your […]

52 Ways #40: Celebrate Pride!

by CLGSAdminy1

Many of us have shown our inclusive faith by participating in Pride parades around the country. This is critical to counteract the ongoing fallacy that all, or even most, people of faith stand in opposition to LGBTQ rights. Religious groups who protest Pride celebrations alienate many of the attendees and can even re-awaken the pain […]

52 Ways #39: Support Banned and Challenged Books

by Bernard Schlager

If you visit American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019 and 2020, you will notice that a large percentage of them were targeted because they include positive portrayals of LGBTQ people.  When these books are removed or not included in libraries—particularly public and school libraries—people lose access to useful and affirming information […]

52 Ways #38: Highlight LGBTQ Religious History

by Bernard Schlager

Any time of the year is a good time to talk about the fact that religious people have been advocating for LGBTQ inclusion for quite a while and, as we approach June, the month of LGBTQ Pride, now offers you a great opportunity to investigate the movement for LGBTQ equality within your tradition. You can […]

52 Ways #37: Increase LGBTQ Visibility Throughout the Year!

by CLGSAdminy1

While it is important to recognize and affirm key dates and events within the LGBTQ community, your welcome is even greater if you do not limit LGBTQ visibility to those times.  LGBTQ people and their families who come to your worship services, teachings or programs will notice the presence of others who are like them. […]

52 Ways #36: Marriages That Include All

by CLGSAdminy1

Providing opportunities for all couples to celebrate their weddings is very important to fully affirm LGBTQ people in your community. It is seen by many as a sign that a faith group has truly committed to equality for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Denominations and religions have a variety of positions on […]

CLGS is Accepting Applications for Our 2021-2022 Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort!

by Bernard Schlager

Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort Application Click here to apply for the 2021-2022 Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort! The application deadline is 22 June 2021 A Year-Long Leadership Development Program for Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender-Nonconforming Seminarians For the last eight years, CLGS, the Freedom Center for Social Justice and the National LGBTQ Task Force have sponsored a program for transgender, nonbinary, […]