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Building Bridges: Religion & Spirituality

Course Description

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.

Registration Fee: $400

Topics Include

Cultural frameworks

Cultural frameworks and historical impact of religion and/or spirituality on LGBTQ+ matters

Implicit Biases

Implicit Biases of major religions’ position on LGBTQ+ matters

Best practices in Intercultural Care

Multi-faith Frameworks of understanding and supporting LGBTQ+ persons

Psychotherapy with gender and sexual minorities

Best practices in Inter-faith or multi-faith support

Identifying and working with Trust agents and gatekeepers in historically marginalized communities to offer services or programming

Spiritual competencies in LGBTQ+ Leadership

Identifying and working with Trust agents and gatekeepers in historically marginalized communities to offer services or programming

Spiritual competencies in LGBTQ+ Leadership

Healing from possible trauma experienced as faithful individual

Identifying and working with Trust agents and gatekeepers in religious and/or spiritual communities to offer support, services, and community/network

Thought Leaders

Lisbeth M. Melendez Rivera

Director of Faith Outreach and Training, Human Rights Campaign

Seminar Details

Price

 $400 for this module

Who?

The Certificate in LGBTQ Leadership was designed for  mission-driven individuals. aspiring leaders. teachers. and community activists committed to allying with LGBTQ communities.

Location

Seminar participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.

Period

1/1/20 –  2/1/20 M/W

Times

5:00p-6:30p Pacific Time

Delivery

Online modules are delivered through the Zoom conferencing system on the Internet. These meetings are live / synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in the conversations through the system.

OUTCOMES

BUILD A CASE FOR CHANGE

Discuss implicit biases/filters/assumptions about religion and/or spirituality’s impact on LGBTQ+ individuals

FIND YOUR TRIBE

Explain the differences between religion and spirituality and variety of ways it can impact LGBTQ+ individuals

TELL YOUR STORY

Demonstrate understanding of different faith’s majority position on LGBTQ+ matters, e.g. equality, admission, etc.

ORGANIZE ACTION

Analyze the historic impact of religion and spirituality on LGBTQ+ equality

CONNECT AND SHARE

Compile best practices for working at the intersection of an ethnic group and major religion, e.g. Africans/African Americans and the Christian Church

APPLY YOUR LEARNING

Compare and contrast the work of a few LGBTQ+ affirming religious groups

ORGANIZE ACTION

Assess different initiatives for religion/spirituality and LGBTQ+ equality, acceptance, and inclusion strategies and revise/iterate for increased positive sustainable impact

CONNECT AND SHARE

Compare and critique values within spirituality and major religions that can be connected with LGBTQ+ work

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