Umoja is a Swahili word that means Unity. African-American communities, however, are deeply divided over homosexuality. Many families and congregations are unsure about supporting loved-ones who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), especially when the Bible appears to teach otherwise. Many are brokenhearted and confused in the midst of hurtful words and damaged relationships. This study is designed to help.
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
How Do I Bring Umoja to my Church?
You can choose from the following options:
- A one session Bible study and film. Perfect for midweek Bible studies or Sunday School lessons.
- A two to four hour training session for clergy and lay leaders on teaching your congregation on the topic of theology and inclusion.
- “Umoja: Unity in the Community”: a five-week in-depth Bible study that covers the following topics
- Theology and Sexuality
- Church and Family Dynamics with Gay and Lesbian People
- Politics of Civil Rights vs. Gay Rights
- Same Gender Marriage and Families
Contact: Rev. Roland Stringfellow