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Trans Seminarian Cohort Now Accepting Applications

by Justin Tanis

We Are Now Accepting Applications for the 7th Annual Trans Seminarian Cohort! The Trans Seminarian Cohort is a joint project of CLGS, The Freedom Center for Social Justice, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. The Cohort is a year-long opportunity to join with transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer seminary students for theological engagement, mentoring, networking, and […]

Gay Orthodox Rabbinical Student Refused Ordination

by Justin Tanis

By Jane Litman, Coordinator, Jewish Roundtable Most people are not aware that even within Orthodox Judaism there are great differences in practice and outlook.  Twenty years ago, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) was founded in opposition to the more socially conservative Yeshivah College, as a haven for Modern (or Open) Orthodox future rabbis.  Since then, YCT […]

Grieving with LGBTQ and Allied United Methodists

by Justin Tanis

Update: Please join us on Tuesday, April 23 at Pacific School of Religion as Rev. Israel Alvaran of Reconciling Ministries Network speaks on “Moving Forward: LGBTQ People in the United Methodist Church.”  CLGS grieves with our United Methodist kin following the General Conference’s decision to strengthen its anti-LGBTQ stance this week. This action would continue […]

LGBTQ Pastoral Care Book Updated

by Justin Tanis

A second edition of the LGBTQ pastoral care resource, Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk, by Bernard Schlager and David Kundtz is back in print. Bernie Schlager, executive director of CLGS, comments, “My contributions to this co-authored book – both the first and now the second editions –  reflect my work of almost 20 years at PSR’s […]

Faith Community Applauds Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

by Justin Tanis

Faith leaders praised Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week for issuing an executive order which aims to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. Whitmer’s executive order provides nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ Michiganders who serve as state employees or state contractors. Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, who works with African American clergy as part of The Umoja Project, […]

2018: An Exceptional Year Working for LGBTQ Wellbeing

by Justin Tanis

What a year it has been at The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS)! Since 2000 we have offered high-quality, innovative programs that make a genuine difference in the lives of LGBTQ people, our communities of faith, and our families. While we are proud of all our work over the years, I […]

The use of Latinx is transgressive and liberative!!!

by Justin Tanis

By Rev. Dr. Carla E. Roland Guzmán The use of Latinx is transgressive and liberative!!! Why does the Latinx Roundtable uses Latinx (LRT)?  Language matters.  Language not only describes our understanding of the world about us, but language can also shape our reality.  Although I am a Latinx person from Puerto Rico, I often talk about […]

Jewish clergy summit confronts Trumpism

by Justin Tanis

In July the Jewish Roundtable of CLGS hosted a Summit for LGBTQ Jewish clergy on Confronting Trumpism.  Forty spiritual leaders gathered for plenaries, workshops and worship.  The rabbis and cantors were a diverse group: ranging in age from their twenties to their eighties; serving in academia, varying sized congregations, and social justice organizations; differently abled; […]