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Pro-LGBT faith leaders to converge in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 9-11

Date: 
October 05, 2010

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Pro-LGBT faith leaders to converge in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 9-11, to worship, strategize and organize for gospel values of justice and inclusion

What: Believe Out Loud Power Summit is a concrete skills-building conference for leaders in the pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) welcoming church movement in key areas of organizing and movement-building.

When: October 9?11

Where: Doubletree Resort Orlando, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, Fla.

Who: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources and the Task Force Academy for Leadership and Action in partnership with Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Gay and Lesbian Affirming Disciples Alliance, Integrity USA, Lutherans Concerned/North America, More Light Presbyterians, Reconciling Ministries Network, UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns and Welcoming Community Network.

Why: Our faith communities are one of our greatest resources for work on justice — especially on behalf of LGBT people. However, religion is also often cited and used by opponents of LGBT rights, from ordination and church membership to marriage equality for same-sex couples and nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. The Believe Out Loud Power Summit is a unique and important opportunity for pro-justice Christians to learn how to organize and strategize against such attacks, advance justice and equality, and promote the fundamental humanity of LGBT people — both in their churches and in the larger society.

“Too many times, religion has been used to demonize and persecute LGBT people, just as religion has and continues to be used to justify oppression of other communities. But we’re not standing for this and we’re not staying silent,” says the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, faith work director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to work for justice, inclusion and right relationship for all people, and all means all.”

Faith leaders will participate in workshops that touch on themes such as leadership development, media training, scriptural affirmation, nonviolence and conflict resolution, racial justice, bisexual and transgender inclusion, public witness, how people are connected to their local churches/denominations and their relationship to the larger pro-LGBT welcoming church movement.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.