LGBTQ Activism

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52 Ways #34: 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% […]

Lama Rod Owens: “Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation.” The 14th Annual | 2021 CLGS John E. Boswell Lecture

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Click here for a video recording of this lecture! Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation with Lama Rod Owens | The 14th Annual | 2021 CLGS John E. Boswell ONLINE Lecture In our present day, when a politics of anger infuses every institutional and cultural sphere, Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger, explores […]

52 Ways #32: Engage in Intersectional Ministries

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 […]

An Exploration of Queer and Trans Ministry with our Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort: An ONLINE CLGS Event!

Click here for a video recording of this event! At this event members of the Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort, a group of trans and non-binary seminary students, explore ministry and religious leadership in our current social and political climate.  Presenters also share their own individual callings and experiences in religious formation.  In addition they discuss how […]

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

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!

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

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 […]