Congregation & Family Resources

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With Open Arms: Gay Affirming Ministries in Bay Area Faith Communities

With Open Arms: Gay Affirming Ministries in Bay Area Faith Communities Executive Summary Living freely with full acceptance in a pluralistic society is a central value of The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. The foundation’s work to eliminate discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is one expression of this core value. In […]

Guía para la bienvenida de personas transgénero en congregaciones

Esta nueva guía ofrece a las comunidades de fe nuevas perspectivas sobre la acogida y la defensa de las personas transgénero. Las secciones incluyen: Convertirse en una comunidad inclusiva Mirando a la Biblia  Dar la bienvenida a las personas trans en las comunidades de fe De pie con las personas trans Este recurso ha sido […]

Expanding Your Welcome

A Resource for LGBTQI+ Affirming Communities Engaging Intersectional Work This guide is designed for congregations which welcome and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people (LGBTQI+). The desire and theology that led you to declare yourself as a community which welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities is still working among […]

Transgender Curriculum for Faith Communities

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This new guide offers faith communities new perspectives on welcoming and advocating for transgender people. Sections include: Becoming a trans inclusive community Looking to the Bible Welcoming trans people in communities of faith Standing with trans people This resource was written by Jakob Hero and Justin Tanis.

United Methodist LGBTQ Advocacy Webinar

In May, over a hundred United Methodist clergy signed a letter to their denomination coming out as LGBTQ. Many of these were PSR alumni/ae. On September 27, 2016 we held this webinar to hear from some of them about the consequences of that action and their successes and challenges in advocating for more inclusive policies within the United Methodist Church on LGBTQ issues.

Valuing Families: Christian Education For the Household of God Curriculum

This curriculum focuses on the API experience of, and commitment to, extended family in community. API families are often extended families in both blood and community, which differs significantly from the dominant model of the nuclear family in the United States. Given this experience of an extended family, it is quite likely that an API individual will be vaguely aware of at least one family member who identifies as LGBT, be it a cousin, an aunt, a niece, an uncle, a nephew, or a long-time neighbor.

This curriculum can be helpful for other racial/ethnic, regional, rural communities that value the extended family as well. In these materials, the educational process does not rely on questions of identity and difference but rather on questions of relationship and connection. How then do we treat each other properly like family members? All other aspects related to LGBT concerns – what it means to be a Christian community, how to use the Bible responsibly, how to think ethically about human sexuality, how to face changing communal realities, and so on – will be addressed from that foundation of relationship and connection.

In that light, all of the sessions in this curriculum involve both “nurturing” and “nudging.” The goal of this program is thus two-fold: to nurture the familial bonds of faith in Christian communities and to nudge those same communities toward an even more expansive view and embrace of faith family relations.