LGBTQIA Interfaith Lunch & Learn Series
Change from Within: Advocating for LGBTQIA Inclusion in the Church
Friday, April 5th
Martin Luther King Jr. once said "Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." With the United Methodist Church's recent decision to uphold restrictions on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy creating further divides among church leaders and members, conversations about inclusion in the church are more urgent than ever. In this lunch 'n' learn, we will hear from faith leaders whose courageous efforts have created positive change for LGBTQIA people across different Christian denominations. Our panelists will share their experiences of advocating for inclusion, dealing with the disappointment of setbacks, and engaging and leading others in pushing for transformation.
More About the Series
A joint initiative of the LGBTQIA Resource Center and the Wesley Foundation, the LGBTQIA Interfaith Lunch & Learn series encourages conversation around the intersection of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, and faith traditions. The series began in response to the needs of our LGBTQIA people of faith who seek to reconcile and celebrate identities that lie at the the intersection of gender, sexuality, faith, religion, and spirituality. One lunch is hosted each semester.
In our first session in fall 2015, we invited LGBTQIA members of the Georgia Tech community to discuss the ways in which they reconciled their LGBTQIA identity with their faith tradition. In our second session in spring 2016, we invited a same-gender-loving, black, Christian, cisgender man and a queer non-binary Muslim in conversation with discuss how their faith informs and strengthens their social justice and community work. In fall 2016, we heard from three Christians who experience same-sex attraction and who took three very different journeys to understanding their faith and sexuality. In fall 2017, our Leading Out Loud panel featured three panelists - a rabbi, a UCC minister, and a Buddhist sangha leader - speaking about their experiences of being openly gay leaders in their faith traditions.
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