Inclusive Justice Conference and Workshop History

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September 2016 Conference

About the keynote speakers and trainers.

Representative Jon Hoadley – Jon has been a super star advocate for LGBTQ people. Now, as the elected official for Michigan’s 60th District, Representative Hoadley can direct our advocacy to create and keep safe and non-discriminatory protections for LGBTQ people. Rep. Hoadley identifies as a person of faith whose values influence him and the issues he addresses in Michigan. To learn more about Representative Jon Hoadley, visit his web page http://bit.ly/2axK81G.

Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek – The Rev. Dr. Nemechek is a trans-identified retired university professor and clergy member who’s an active member of the Michigan faith and LGBTQ communities. Rev. Dr. Nemecek has served as the faith leader for three congregations in Michigan along with serving as a board member with SoulForce, Trans Youth Family Allies, PFLAG, and is an honorary Inclusive Justice board member. Rev. Julie has been married to Joanne for 42 years. Read more about the Rev. Dr. Nemecek on the Center for Inquire Michigan website at http://bit.ly/2assjGD.

National LGBTQ Task Force Faith staff – Kathleen Campisano, Organizing Director with Bri Sanders and Camden Hargrove as faith organizers are with the Task Force’s Academy for Leadership and Action. As Trans and Queer identified people of color and white allies, the Task Force organizing staff represent a diverse team dedicated to LGBTQ liberation, racial and gender justice, and inclusive community empowerment. Read more about Kathleen, Bri, Camden, and the work of the Academy for Leadership and Action on the National LGBTQ Task Force website, www.thetaskforce.org

Workshop - Affirming Religious Freedom without Harm - Nov 2015

People of Faith Call to Action

Affirming Religious Freedom without Harm

November 16th, 2015

10:00AM - 2:00PM

(lunch included)

Edgewood United Church, UCC

469 N. Hagadorn Rd.

East Lansing, MI 48823

The focus and purpose of this FREE workshop is to motivate and equip religious leaders, clergy, and laity to confront the dismantling of equality in the name of 'religious freedom.' Please register so lunch can be provided.

Inclusive Justice expresses gratitude for all the sponsors of this event:

Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church

Edgewood United Church, UCC

Equality Michigan

The Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ

Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network [MUUSJN]

National LGBTQ Task Force

Oasis Ministry

Transgender Bisexual Lesbian Gay Concerns Committee,

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan

Clergy actively prepare for Marriage Equality - April 2015

In preparation for a decision this summer, clergy in Michigan gathered in East Lansing on April 27, 2015 the day before the case was heard by the US Supreme Court. The purpose of this gathering was to build clergy and faith-based wedding-officiant skills in support of an affirmative decision from the courts.

These are not just marriages, but celebrations that signify a new age of loving support for the diversity of God’s children across religious faiths. While marriage equality requires very few changes to the actual wedding vows, there are many special clergy considerations.

Inclusive Justice Conference - 2014

Inclusive Justice Conference - 2013

Inclusive Justice of Michigan's Spring 2013 event was very inspiring.

With Soulforce, A Training in

Non-Violent Resistance

It was held at Eastern Michigan University

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Soulforce, and keynote addressed the changing face of activism, “Pop Ups, Flash Mobs & Digital Activism in the Public Square”. Before becoming the Executive Director of Soulforce, Dr. Love served as the Executive Director of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). Prior to MCC, she served as Executive Dean, in the third largest community college system in the United Stated, and a Senior Executive of Toro Company. She was CEO and founder of several award winning corporations, including one named to the INC 500 in 1990. In 1990, Dr. Love was named one of the “Top 50 Entrepreneurs” in North America by Inc. Magazine, the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Love is the creator of the Would Jesus Discriminate? campaign and author of a book by the same name.

Following the keynote, interactive seminars focused on the “how to” of social and digital actions designed to change the hearts and minds of religious and political oppression. Soulforce Director of Development, Haven Herrin will be leading sessions on effective media strategies.

View videos from the 2013 conference HERE

2012 Spring Conference in Lansing featured Michigan-based research, “My Mind Was Changed” and the award-winning Documentary “Love Free or Die”

Inclusive Justice supporters and friends gathered to hear the recent Michigan-based research “My Mind Was Changed” from Auburn Institute, funded by the Arcus Foundation and presented by Macky Alston. Based on this research, Alston described a new and effective way to talk with conflicted Christians about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in church and society -- a way that helps to open their hearts and minds to welcome and inclusion. In the evening Macky Alston, also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, was present to introduce the film and take questions of a special showing of “Love Free or Die.” The documentary covered the extraordinary struggle for Gene Robinson in becoming the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. It is a story of love, drama, faith, and courage. Bishop Robinson commented on the process of this part of his life being documented: “As far as we've come in terms of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, we still have a long way to go, particularly in the central part of the country," Robinson said in an interview. "If my story can help a young boy or girl in their teens believe they can have a wonderful and productive life and family, then it's worth my putting up with a film crew following me around for two years in order to comfort and inspire them.”