Coalition of Welcoming Congregations

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52 Ways #33: Assess Your Progress

by CLGSAdminy1

It is helpful to step back from time to time and take stock of where we are. When you are working to expand your welcome, take a little time to inventory your leaders and ministries. At this halfway point in the year, we suggest asking yourself some questions for which there are no right answers. […]

52 Ways #32: Engage in Intersectional Ministries

by CLGSAdminy1

The spiritual insights and motivation that led your congregation to welcome LGBTQ people can also help you expand your ministries in intersectional ways. After all, there are many ways in which we are called to improve our own communities and our world. CLGS has a resource, An Expansive Welcome, designed to spark conversations in congregations […]

52 Ways #31: Recognize the Discrimination that LGBTQ People Face

by CLGSAdminy1

Did you know that half of LGBTQ people in this country live in states where there are no protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity? Many people think such discrimination is already illegal, but only 21 states and the District of Columbia ban discrimination in employment and housing; one other state, Wisconsin, […]

52 Ways #30: Celebrate & Include Transgender People!

by CLGSAdminy1

Your congregation may have made the decision to welcome people of all sexual orientations before there was a significant awareness about including gender identity. You may have already talked about and worked on including gay, lesbian and bisexual people, but not transgender people.  Now is a great time to revisit those conversations and expand your […]

52 Ways #29: Write an Op-Ed for a Local News Outlet/Site

by CLGSAdminy1

Speaking out about issues of justice and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people, our families, and our communities is critically important. It’s a way to take the beliefs of your community out of the pews and into the public arena and to promote dialogue. It also disrupts the ongoing misperception that people of faith do not support […]

52 Ways #28: Address LGBTQ Health Disparities & Hold a Health Fair!

by Bernard Schlager

LGBTQ people experience a number of health disparities—ways in which our health is compromised as a result of discrimination and neglect. For example, LGBTQ people are:  Less likely to get preventative care, such as mammograms and pap smears  Less likely to have health insurance  More likely to experience depression and anxiety  More likely to smoke and misuse substances, such as […]

52 Ways #27: Build Interfaith Partnerships for Learning and Action

by CLGSAdminy1

There are amazing people of faith around the world who are working to make our communities inclusive, accepting, diverse, and vibrant. This week, we encourage you to get to know some more of them, especially your neighbors from other faith traditions. We can learn a tremendous amount from each other. Working with those from other […]

52 Ways #26: Intentionally Include Bisexual People

by CLGSAdminy1

One way to increase your overall welcome is to intentionally include bisexual people.  The acronym LGBTQ has a “B” for bisexual, but sometimes communities are not as aware or welcoming as they could be.  We may say “LGBTQ” but then erase the particularities of bisexual identity.  Sometimes we make assumptions about people; for example, assuming […]

52 Ways #25: Regularly Affirm LGBTQ People and Our Families

by CLGSAdminy1

This week we want to emphasize the value of positive messages.  LGBTQ people and our families are exposed to homophobic and transphobic messages all the time — from preachers on the car radio, legislators pushing anti-trans bathroom bills, jokes around the water cooler, relatives who don’t understand, and on and on.  Or people may still […]

Join CLGS for our Souls a’ Fire 7 ONLINE Conference: 13-14 March 2021!

by Bernard Schlager

CLGS’ Souls A’Fire 7 Conference | An ONLINE Gathering for Black Queer Theology! 13-14 March 2021 Register Below for Day One and/or Day Two of this Conference Register Day One Register Day Two Why this gathering is important: This event will highlight an inclusive vision among African-American pastors, parishioners, and community leaders on the topic of welcoming and […]