Advocating Justice for all in Michigan

Pursuing Inclusive Justice: Crisis Moments / Responsive Movements

Friday, October 20 from 9am - 3:30 pm

Zion Lutheran Church  

143 Albany St, Ferndale, MI 48220.

In an age of polarized politics, censorship and silencing of diverse and inclusive voices, and attacks on racial and religious minorities and the LGBTQ+ community, now more than ever, progressive religious communities must come together to provide hope, healing and engage in “sacred activism” to address local, state and federal concerns.


Whether you and your congregation are new to the process of becoming welcoming or if you have been inclusive for many years, this day-long conference is for you.  Whether you barely tune in to the news or are a news junky, this conference will give you what you need to be informed on current concerns that have a direct impact on the congregations we serve. This is the conversation you’ve been waiting for!


"Pursuing Inclusive Justice: Crisis Moments / Responsive Movements" is an opportunity to connect with other progressive religious leaders throughout the state to build strategy and network on issues that threaten to divide congregations and strip fundamental rights from targeted communities.  Inclusive Justice of Michigan is coalition of welcoming congregations dedicated to improving inclusion to LGBTQ individuals and families.


This will be a hybrid conference – both in person and online.  Our Keynote Presenter will be Rabbi Alana Chaya Alpert (she/her) of Congregation T'chiyah and the Founding Director of Detroit Jews for Justice. We will offer workshops on the “Best Practices of Inclusion” and “Pursing Sacred Activism.”  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Registration is free for those attending online and $10 per person  for our in-person guests (with scholarships available).   ]

Walk-ins Welcome  

Zoom information will be sent to you before the event.


9:00 am - 9:30 am: In-person Registration & Networking Continental Breakfast


9:30 am - 10:00 am: Livestreaming Begins.

Welcome Remarks and Introduction of the Keynote Speaker 


10:00 am - 11:00 am: Keynote Speaker Session – Rabbi Alana Chaya Alpert, followed by audience Q & A.


11:00 am - 11:15 am: Break / Transition Time


11:15 am - 12:30 pm:

Workshop 1: Pursing Sacred Activism (Sanctuary and Livestreamed) with Randy Block, MSW (he/him), Director of the Michigan UU Social Justice Network along with others.


Workshop 2: Pursuing the Best Practices of Inclusion (Fellowship Hall) with Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow (he/him), Board President of Inclusive Justice of Michigan


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (Fellowship Hall)


1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Workshop 1 Repeated: Pursing Sacred Activism (Fellowship Hall) with Randy Block, MSW (he/him), Director of the Michigan UU Social Justice Network along with others.


Workshop 2 Repeated: Pursuing the Best Practices of Inclusion (Sanctuary and Livestreamed) with Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow (he/him), Board President of Inclusive Justice of Michigan


3:30 pm - 3:35 pm: Closing Remarks & Next Steps

Rabbi Alana leads communities in Prayer and Protest:

 Until Recently Rabbi Alana Alpert served as both the Rabbi for Congregation T'Chiyah as well as the Founding Director of Detroit Jews for Justice. Adapting powerful models from across the country, DJJ engages the Metro Detroit Jewish community on issues like water access, health care, workers rights and police brutality. 

 She studied Resistance and Social Movements at UC Santa Cruz, writing her thesis on the then burgeoning Jewish Social Justice Movement. She cut her teeth as an organizer in New York City with NY Jobs with Justice, Avodah and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice. During her time at Hebrew College, Rabbi Alpert served in student government, facilitated a prison justice praxis group, and co-founded the Liberatory Minyan, a place for students to explore the nexus between prayer and activism.

 She also has a long history of engagement with Israel/Palestine including 3 years living in the region, founding Project Hayei Sarah , facilitating for Encounter, and serving on the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinic Council. Her more recent work has been through IfNotNow, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, and Shleimut

 She lives in the North End of Detroit (not far from where her grandmother grew up) with her kiddos Ne’ilah & Zohar, sister Adina, pup Mississippi, and partner Justin.

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We're hosting free, not-to-be-missed webinars 

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This chat, guided by Rev. JM Richardson and featuring key LGBTQ+ faith leaders Reverend Dr. Roland Stringfellow and Sharon Pedersen, will dive deep into the link between LGBTQ+ faith and social justice. It's a unique chance to broaden your understanding and fuel your advocacy passion.

Here is the recording:

 Webinar: Faith in Action:  Uniting LGBTQ+ Spirituality and Social Justice Advocacy.

"Beyond the Binary: The Genders of God," 

Joining us is the Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson, a social justice advocate, writer, and pastor at Salem United Church of Christ, who'll lead us through a fascinating discussion on using gender-expansive language for the Divine.


Here is the recording:

Webinar: Beyond the Binary: Exploring the Genders of God  

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Ready to rock the boat? Please register now to secure your spot, and let's embark on this radical journey together! 

Here is the recording:

Punk Theology: Spirituality as Resistance

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    A transformative exploration of inclusivity and belonging. This session will journey through the intersections of disability, justice, and faith, shedding light on the often overlooked dimensions of accessibility and inclusivity. Under the guidance of Stephanie L. Niemela, attendees will delve into the profound theological implications of disability justice.


Here is the recording:

    Disability Justice : Accessible God

"Pop Culture and Queer Resistance: A Critical Examination"


    A compelling exploration of the portrayal of queerness in mainstream media. This session will critically examine shows like "RuPaul's Drag Race," "Ellen," and "Modern Family," questioning their representation of the LGBTQ+ community. Speaker and activist Kevin Werner will guide attendees through this enlightening session.


     Registration Link 


Over 200 Michigan Faith Leaders Call for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections!

In January 2021 Inclusive Justice, a statewide coalition of faith and community leaders advocating for LGBTQ equality, announced that 200 religious leaders, from Detroit to Marquette, added their names to a statement calling on Michigan’s elected officials to pass comprehensive federal and statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. 

Click here to add your name.   


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