About Us

MISSION/VISION STATEMENT

Inclusive Justice strives to become a state-wide, faith-based coalition, inclusive of all traditions that promotes the inherent dignity and worth of every human being as a matter of spiritual conviction.

We therefore advocate for LGBTQI+ persons’ acceptance within religious and spiritual communities.

We advocate for the equitable treatment of all with common core values in local, state, and federal public policies.

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 501 (C) (3) 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

4007 Carpenter Rd.

Unit #215

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Board Members:

Chair: Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, Senior Pastor MCC Detroit, Director of Umoja Project

Secretary: Natalie Fitzpatrick,

Treasurer, Communications Committee Chairman: Wayne Burling, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti. Founder of the Michigan Open and Affirming Coalition, a coalition of the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Congregation & Faith Group Outreach Committee Chairperson: Rev. Adrain Mobley-Bowie, is the newest board member of Inclusive Justice, Michigan’s faith-based coalition, inclusive of all spiritual traditions. She is the Congregation and Faith Outreach Chairperson with the mission of helping clergy and lay leaders to organize at the intersection of public witness and spiritual conviction.

Legistration Committee Chairman, Randy Block: Director and founder of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN). Randy has a B.A. in journalism and an M.S.W. specializing in community organizing. MUUSJN is a statewide network of people from 26 Unitarian Universalist congregations and their allies who seek to promote dignity for all people. It organizes for action on a range of justice issues, including LGBTQ rights and welcoming. For more information, go to: www.uujustice.org.

Pat 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.

Chaplain/Pastor Pj Anderson DMIN, Founder, Space for Grace Fellowship Ministries, UCC, Lansing

Kit Belvitch & George Belvitch

Rev. Mike Cooper, Paster at St. John's United Church of Christ, Owosso

Michelle Fox Executive director and co-founder gender identity Network Alliance, I am also a deacon at Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit. I am also connected to the boards Pflag flag Detroit and Clinton Township.

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 Nelson, Past 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 Nelson, Past Board Member of Fortunate Families National, Past Co-President of PFLAG Detroit, Co-President of PFLAG Manistee, Co-President of Fortunate Families Detroit

Ronald Moore is a member of the Board of Directors for Equality Michigan and the Equality Federation. He is also member of the Church Advisory Council of the Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit (MCCD).

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