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52 Ways #31: Include Children with LGBTQ Parents

Part of being a vibrant inclusive faith community is creating affirming space not only for LGBTQ people but for our families as well. More than a quarter of same-sex households include children, with studies showing 28.7% of families overall raising children, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA. Among African-Americans, the number is even higher, with 34% […]

52 Ways #30: Assess Your Progress

It is helpful to step back from time to time and take stock of where we are in creating congregations that genuinely welcome and include LGBTQ+ people. 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 […]

52 Ways #29: Build Interfaith Partnerships for Learning and Action

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 #28: Write an Op-Ed for a Local News Outlet

Speaking out about issues of justice and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people, our families, and our communities is critically important. It is important because it is one 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 […]

52 Ways #27: Highlight LGBTQ Religious History

Since 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, your congregation might want to the opportunity now to investigate the movement for LGBTQ equality within your tradition. You can then highlight your findings. One great place […]

52 Ways #26: Marriages That Include All!

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 […]

52 Ways #25: Support Your Local LGBTQ Community Center

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 the CenterLink LGBT Community Center Member Directory to find a community center in your state or city. Here are some suggestions: […]