Inclusive Justice and MUUSJN receive $25,000 HOPE Fund grant
Michigan ranks among 15 states with lowest LGBT equality ratings.
There is a need for a more balanced LGBT awareness within faith communities, who are respected as having moral authority by the public. This Project will work to mobilize faith community support, to educate the public on issues and to create an atmosphere that supports fair treatment and civil rights for Michigan’s LGBT community.
Education within faith communities is a strategy to help persuade the “movable middle” to affirm the dignity of LGBT persons.
A $25,000 grant provided by the HOPE Fund, through the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will help enable these two organizations to develop an LGBT awareness model program targeted to faith groups in Southeast Michigan.
Inclusive Justice/Together in Faith, a statewide interfaith LGBT welcoming and advocacy organization, and Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN), a statewide faith based advocacy group, have been leaders in educating and activating clergy and people of faith throughout Michigan to become responsive and engaged in local and statewide LGBT rights.
Can we help your faith community?
Do you have concerns on how to better welcome all people into your faith community?
Are you struggling with scripture and how it applies to LGBT people?
Do you know how to offer the best hospitality to all couples?
Are you ready for marriage equality?
We have a group of experienced speakers and workshop leaders who are available to work with you and with your faith community. More information can be found here.
Inclusive Justice celebrates marriage equality
Inclusive Justice - “Together in Faith,” a coalition of faith- community leaders from Michigan, celebrates marriage equality.
This human-dignity-affirming position is based on shared values from the various religions represented in the organization including the call to live out an inclusive love and to treat others as we would like to be treated.
Full marriage equality is consistent with the inclusive and hospitable nature of all major religions. Inclusive Justice celebrates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and same-gender-loving people now have the same opportunities to express their love in marriage as other citizens in Michigan.
While some religious communities may continue to choose not to bless these marriages, LGBT affirming religious communities may from this point on choose to celebrate this love in holy matrimony.
The Rev. Joe Summers, member of the board of Inclusive Justice states, “The Supreme Court’s decision is a move towards respecting religious freedom as it respects the great diversity of views about marriage equality within the religious community in this country. As a Christian pastor, up until now even though I believed in marriage equality the law has prevented me from marrying same-sex couples. Now I will have the freedom to do so. ”
The Rev. Beth Rakestraw, Inclusive Justice Co-Chair, says “I look forward to being able to sign marriage licenses for ALL of the couples I choose to marry, and not just some of the couples I choose to marry.”