African American Roundtable Resources

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Umoja: A Curriculum for African American Christian Faith Communities

The Umoja Project is designed to facilitate safe, non-threatening dialogue about the diversity of human sexuality and the tension that sometimes exists within African-American faith communities in relation to LGBT individuals. Film and group discussion will help all participants (regardless of their position on this topic) explore the social and emotional impact of the exclusion those who want to be a part of the church community, but do not feel welcomed.

52 Ways #42: Celebrate Juneteenth!

On 19 June 1865 Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed in Galveston, Texas, the federal government’s decree that all previously-enslaved people in Texas were free; this proclamation was read over two and a half years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863. It is […]

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 #23: Honor the Contributions of LGBTQ African Americans

During Black History Month–and the rest of the year–honor the contributions of African-American LGBTQ people. There are so many people have had a profound impact on the LGBTQ community, from the days of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and 40s (see, for example, openly gay artist Richard Bruce’s Nugent’s 1947 drawing Jesus and Judas) up […]

Rev. Dr. Traci C. West: “Engendering Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality Among Church Leaders”

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Click here for a video recording and click here for the text of this lecture! “Engendering Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality Among Church Leaders.” In this political moment, how can scholar-activist church leaders create common understandings that undermine patterns of society-wide abuse and intra-communal betrayal, and instead deepen their solidarity with one another? What are effective […]

Liberating Religious Liberty: Faith Organizing Within Catholic Communities

This unique training opportunity discusses the topic of harmful religious liberty legislation and how to prepare messaging for the upcoming Supreme Court case “Fulton v. Philadelphia.” Designed specifically for advocates and faith organizers within Catholic communities, this training discusses how to have effective conversations with legislators, turn stories into Op Eds and Letters to the […]