52 Ways to Expand Your Welcome to LGBTQ+ People and Our Families

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The 52 Ways to Expand Your Welcome to LGBTQ+ People and Our Families Series

52 Ways #51: Send them Back to School with Your Blessings

As the summer draws to a close and school starts up again, your support for LGBTQ youth, parents, and teachers can make a big difference. We hope that going back to school – safely and in person, when possible – will be a positive opportunity for growth and learning for everyone; yet this is often […]

52 Ways #50: Build Alliances with LGBTQ Communities Outside of Your Congregation

Once your congregation has made the decision to welcome and include LGBTQ people, don’t keep the news of your welcome within the walls of the congregation – spread the word!  There are many effective ways of doing this, including regular congregational advertisements in the gay and straight press (both online and print); postings on the […]

52 Ways #49: Create Inclusive Space and Celebrate Inclusive Rituals

Create Inclusive Space Congregational space can be exclusive space especially with regard to transgender individuals. For instance, most congregations still do not provide all-gender restroom facilities and this omission can be a considerable barrier for transgender persons who belong, attend, or visit your congregation. Providing at least one accessible all-gender restroom is an important sign […]

52 Ways #48: Integrate LGBTQ People into the Life of Your Congregation

Once a congregation has publicly declared its welcome, it needs to work toward including and integrating queer people more fully in all aspects of congregational life. Since a community of care assumes, accepts, and celebrates the presence of queer people within its midst, the day-to-day life of the congregation should reflect this. Renovating congregational life […]

52 Ways #47: A Genuine Welcome is a Transforming Welcome

By genuinely welcoming and integrating LGBTQ people into a congregation all members can experience transformation. When individuals who once were unwelcome and perhaps even unnamed are brought into a community of faith, new perspectives are gained on what it means to live as people of faith. When individuals who have been marginalized for so long […]

52 Ways #46: A Genuine Welcome is a Stated Welcome

LGBTQ people understand from years of experience that they are unwelcome in most congregations. Since our culture is saturated with the anti-queer rhetoric of religious leaders who claim to represent the only authentic Jewish and Christian positions on homosexuality, a congregation that seeks to become welcoming needs to state clearly and publicly its welcome in […]

52 Ways #45: A Genuine Welcome is an Educated Welcome

A congregation interested in becoming a community of care should begin with education and compassionate dialogue. The leaders and members of a church or synagogue will need to educate themselves about sexual orientation, gender identity, and the most genuine and effective ways to integrate LGBTQ people into the life of the congregation. Throughout this process […]