LGBTQ Pastoral Care

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52 Ways #20: Encourage and Support HIV Testing

by CLGSAdminy1

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 […]

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

by CLGSAdminy1

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 #16: Support LGBTQ People During the Holidays

by Bernard Schlager

When our families are supportive, it makes a huge difference for LGBTQ people. But not everyone has family support … and the holidays can be especially challenging for some people. As the December holidays approach, make plans now to reach out to those who may be feeling isolated. Think about how the language of sermons […]

52 Ways #15: Create a Calendar of LGBTQ Events for Next Year

by Bernard Schlager

Get ready for next year by planning ahead to recognize important holidays and events in LGBTQ communities.  You can work with the leadership of your community of faith to incorporate these into worship, educational programs, outreach events, and more.  Select which holidays, events, and commemorations are most applicable to your situation and make plans accordingly. […]

52 Ways #14: Support Your Local LGBTQ Community Center

by Bernard Schlager

Many communities, large and small, have LGBTQ Community Centers or local groups.  One way to show your support is to support them and get involved with these important gathering spots for the community. Visit https://www.lgbtcenters.org/LGBTCenters to find a community center in your state or city. Here are some suggestions: Meet with community center leadership and […]

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

by CLGSAdminy1

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 […]

Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals: A January 2021 ONLINE Graduate Course with Rev. Dr. Debra Haffner

by Bernard Schlager
Jan 2021 CSR Course - Haffner

CLGS is excited to be co-sponsoring this ONLINE course in January 2021 for religious professionals and graduate students, including those in Pacific School of Religion’s Certificate of Sexuality and Religion program! This online course offers students the knowledge and skills they need to address sexuality issues in their current and future ministries.  The course will begin with opportunities […]