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). ]
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