MISSION STATEMENT

Inclusive Justice is a state-wide, faith-based coalition, inclusive of all traditions that affirm   the inherent dignity and worth of every human being as a matter of spiritual conviction. We therefore advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex persons’ acceptance within religious and spiritual communities, and for the equitable treatment of all, especially sexual minorities, in local, state, and federal public policy.

VALUES STATEMENT

As an interfaith movement we affirm a message of love, empathy and compassion for all. We embrace the golden rule of reciprocity that we treat all others as we ourselves would wish to be treated. We stand against the marginalization and stigmatization of persons because of their sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. We welcome people of all faith traditions who are willing to work toward full inclusion and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,queer, and inter-sex persons. We welcome the involvement of all lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, queer, and inter-sex persons, as well as their families and allies, in a welcoming spiritual community of all-embracing love.

HISTORY

Inclusive Justice (IJ) is a Michigan tax-exempt charitable organization which seeks to create a strong statewide interfaith coalition to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion issues. We are organized in the belief that people of faith, LGBT and allies alike, can most effectively advocate together for issues of equality and inclusion.

The foundation for IJ dates back to 1993 when the Michigan office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) helped mobilize support within religious communities of the state for persons of all sexual orientations. This evolved into a state-wide Faith Action Network which sought to help churches and political leaders understand equality issues as well as the spiritual imperative to welcome and protect all of God’s children. It became apparent that when people of faith were well organized and acting together, those efforts resulted in equality for all.

CONFERENCE HISTORY

Our conferences and events have enriched many congregations and individuals in our efforts to live out our vision and mission. More information on our conferences since 2012 can be found HERE.

Equal Employment Opportunity ("EEO") Policy

Inclusive Justice, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO") laws.  Inclusive Justice, Inc. strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual's race, color, ethnicity, national origin, tribal or indigenous status, age, sex, sexual identity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, height and weight, physical appearance, religious or political affiliation, military status, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

contact us

Email:  web@InclusiveJustice.org

Mail: Inclusive Justice
c/o The Jim Toy Center
319 Braun Court
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

board members

ChairPat Horton, Former member of the Social Justice Committee to establish Open and Affirming status at First Congregational Church-U.C.C., Battle Creek; and, currently attending Unity Church, Bay City. Former Chair Michigan Fairness Forum and the Peninsula Group. In addition, Pat has had a long time personal history with United Methodist, Catholic and Unitarian Universalist traditions.
Dr. Rev. PJ Anderson, Pastor of Space for Grace Fellowship Center, Lansing
Kit Belvitch & 
George Belvitch
Rev. Mike Cooper, United Church of Christ, Lansing
Linda Haywood, First United Methodist of Ann Arbor and co-founder and co-leader of Rainbow Crossing
Lois Jelneck, past co-chair and 20 year member of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Diversity Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, and  member of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor
Linda Karle NelsonPast President and Board Member of Fortunate Families National,  Past Co-President of PFLAG Detroit, Co-President of PFLAG Manistee  Co-President of Fortunate Families Detroit
Tom NelsonPast Board Member of Fortunate Families National,  Past Co-President of PFLAG Detroit, Co-President of PFLAG Manistee, Co-President of Fortunate Families Detroit
Rev. Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, Director of Umoja Project
Rev. Joseph Summers, Pastor of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Coordinator of Oasis TBLG Outreach Ministry
Jim Toy, Founding member of the Oasis TBLG Outreach Ministry of the Diocese and the University of Michigan Spectrum Center