SPEAKERS AND WORKSHOPS TO SUPPORT YOUR FAITH COMMUNITY OR ORGANIZATION

We offer experienced faith leaders available to speak, answer questions, lead workshops, or moderate discussions on LGBTQ acceptance and welcome.  Contact any of our speakers and leaders directly as listed below.

Rev. Pamelajune (PJ) Banks-Anderson, D.Min

Contact info: Phone 937-220-2273
Email: drpjanderson@aol.com

Pastor and Senior Minister of St. Stephen’s Community Church UCC in Lansing, MI. She is the author of many books; the most notable and relevant resource to the work of Inclusive Justice is entitled Can the LORD BE MY SHEPHERD If I Am Gay?
While serving in the US Navy Chaplain Corps, she participated in dismantling Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and counseled hundreds of same gender loving service men and women who discovered she was a Chaplain to be trusted.

Dr. Anderson continues to work for social justice and equality for all. Her goal is to create safe spaces where loving individuals, couples, and multi-culture/multi-orientation families and children may gather to examine their faith, share their family stories, and be affirmed for who they are as full and included members of the family of God.
 
Pastor PJ, as she is affectionately called, uses a 30 minute power point LIVING LIFE ON PURPOSE, followed by questions and answers, and a book signing opportunity for those who purchase her book. She also offers 30 minute workshop using one of her other resources entitled PRAY-ERS, PRAYING PRAYERS. Her next publication is scheduled to be published in December 2013. It is entitled NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP: On Death and Dying/Loss and Grieving.

George Jonté-Crane

Contact info: Phone: 313-269-8701. 
Email: geopau226@yahoo.com

With over twenty years as an organizer and activist for peace with justice and LGBT issues, George is Chair of Peace with Justice for the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a board member of the faith initiative at Affirmations, Ferndale, MI and a Member of the National Board of the Peace with Justice Coalition,  General Board of Church & Society, United Methodist Church. He is currently a candidate for the National Board of P-FLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.)  George speaks about affirmation and acceptance in congregations, marriage equality, adoption and immigration reform for same sex couples, and about ordination for gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who have answered the call to ministry.

Ryan and Linda Haywood

Contact info: Phone: 734485-1160
Email: birdaa@comcast.net  ryanh@comcast.net

Linda and Ryan founded Rainbow Crossing at the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor in 2005.  Since spearheading this effort to welcome LGBTQA persons into full participation in the life of the church, they have spoken about the process and about how allies can aid in making progress happen.  Among other places, they have spoken at:

- The annual Reconciling Ministries Network convocation held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.;
- Various United Methodist churches throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana;
- The annual ministry fair of the Episcopal Archdiocese of Detroit;
- Private homes holding meetings for the purpose of making progress happen.

They would be happy to come to your church, sharing their message of hope and their methods of helping change agents actually to get things moving forward.
Their usual presentation takes about an hour, including time for questions and answers … but they can and will tailor their talk to meet your needs, including chairing day-long workshops and planning sessions.

Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons

The Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons authored a six session curriculum titled What the Bible Really Says About Gay Christians (May Surprise You), and has facilitated study groups using his curriculum in congregation and community settings around Michigan.  His most recent same-gender wedding homily "We're Just Catching Up to God" was shared with and heard by thousands of Facebook subscribers. 

During his ten year ministry with St. John's UCC in Grand Rapids, the congregation expanded its wedding policy to include all couples regardless of gender, requested and received open and affirming standing from their denomination, and altered its program configuration to reflect inclusive welcome, mission and vision statements. While he can't tell you their average worship attendance, he will tell you that in 2013 the congregation changed the way is measures its success, and documented at least 171,200 people's lives were impacted through the ministry of their 123 members, 15% of whom identify as LGBTQSGL...

Dr. Lyons is no stranger to the Michigan State Capital having lobbied the Michigan Senate in person for passage of anti-bullying, gun violence reduction and local educational control legislation.

The Michigan Conference UCC 2014 Vitality Day will feature Dr. Lyons as its keynote speaker. He currently serves as the facilitator of that body's Vital Growth Mission Area Team. Previously he has served as a board member for the United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.

Dr. Lyons is available as a speaker or panelist for weekend and weeknight seminars, for limited preaching engagements, and as a consultant for organizational change and personal transformation in the areas of inclusivity, diversity, welcome and affirmation.

Tom and Linda Nelson

Contact info: Phone: 248-489-1505/231-398-3340.  
Email: lindakarle@earthlink.net  tajnelson@earthlink.net 

Tom and Linda Nelson are Catholic representatives on the Board of Inclusive Justice who both have gay sons; they have won awards for their work of over twenty-five years educating the public on the topic of homosexuality.  They have served for many years on the Board of Fortunate Families, (a Catholic ministry to parents of LGBT children,) as co-Presidents of PFLAG Detroit, and more recently, chairs of PFLAG Manistee. Tom is an award winning author whose recent book, An Ordinary Catholic, describes the faith journey he experienced when he discovered he had a gay son.  Tom and Linda’s frequent public speaking engagements are broad, ranging from religious communities to university settings, with their topics often focusing on their individual life-transforming journeys as parents of gay children, their ministry in Fortunate Families, and the process of religious communities becoming inclusive and welcoming of LGBT people.

Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek

Contact info: Phone: 517-750-4294 
Email: julie.nemecek@comcast.net

Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek is both an ordained Baptist minister and one of Michigan's leading voices on transgender issues. Her work with faith groups includes pulpit supply and informational sessions on transgender people. She has also worked with many churches on becoming an open and affirming church; inclusive of LGBTQ people.

Rev. Joe Summers

Contact info: Phone: 734-846-3578
Email: jsummers@umich.edu 

The Rev. Joe Summers has been the pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, in Pittsfield Township for over twenty-six years.  He is on the board of Oasis Ministry, Michigan and is the organizer and leader of many Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor activities that are too numerous to list.  His topics are varied. Typical is a recent presentation:

The Good News of Jesus and the Purity Code:
Jesus rejected the purity code as it is outlined in the book of Leviticus and as it was widely interpreted in his day. This workshop will include a brief introduction to the concept of purity codes and where and how we see Jesus reject this code in the gospels in favor of a very different understanding of holiness.  We will then explore the implications of Jesus' teaching for how we consider sexual ethics, particularly in relationship to current debates about same-sex relationships and people who are transgender, bi-sexual, lesbian and gay.

Jim Toy, MSW

Contact info: Phone: 734-930-0056, Ext: 211
Email: james.toy@umich.org

Jim is a  gay male Asian-American clinical social worker skilled in counseling, education, civil rights advocacy, community organization, organizational training and consultation.  He is Co-Founder (1971) and the retired Co-Coordinator (1971-1994), Spectrum Center (University of Michigan), and also Diversity Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity (University of Michigan).  He was the Co-Founder (2000), Oasis TBLG Outreach Ministry (Episcopal Diocese of Michigan), and is the current Board Secretary.  His areas of expertise include:  Interactive Workshops: "Peacemaking Dialogue", A Component of Conflict Resolution; Bullying: Causes, Perpetration, Intervention. Prevention; Human Sexuality:  Sex, Sexual Identity, Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Orientation Identity;  The Intersection of Oppressions:  Discrimination, Harassment, Assault on the Basis of Human Diversity, Advocacy for Human and Civil Rights