SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: Religion is a set of texts, beliefs and practices about the transcendent, about God, and shared by a particular community. Spirituality is the sense of connection to something larger than us; it is the person’s relationship with the transcendent questions that confront one as a human being. It is not possible to achieve equality, particularly for LGBTQ people and their families, without recognizing the role and impact of religion. One needs not be religious to do equality work, of course; and one must possess an understanding of religion being either a barrier or a bridge to equality. The resources of spirituality enable activists to maintain perspective, to combat fatigue and sustain hope in the midst of doing equality work.