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- BlogMon, 22 May 2017Setting Black Mothers Free
As a teenager, I went to youth Bible study on Wednesdays, choir rehearsal on Fridays, and volunteered with the Children’s Ministry on Saturdays. My week, and my network of friends, revolved around social activities in church. We traveled from place to place because safe and loving adults cared to drive us from place to place. I... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 8 May 2017Theology Ruined My Father’s Memorial Service
Last night was my dad’s memorial service. I delayed my coming out because of his illness. I knew that he was already struggling with his own mortality and that trying to reconcile the daughter he was so proud of and loved deeply with the ideas he had about LGBT people would be too much for him. He was the kind of guy who, when he... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 24 Apr 20174 Ways to Be a Better Ally
The Trump administration has been in power for just over two months. Many people are fearful that the social advantages won in recent times will be rolled back. Recently, the administration took gender identity and sexual orientation off of the 2020 census. The cause for concern for many people in our country and the future of our... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogWed, 5 Apr 2017Internalized Resilience-Embracing Thrivingness
I am not oppressed, I am not a victim—I thrive, I rise, I am. A few months ago, I participated at an organization's Board of Directors meeting. It was an intense gathering where we were all challenged to stretch beyond our comfort zones and look at how each of us participates in anti-oppression work and in oppression... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 27 Mar 2017When Christian Compassion Doesn’t Apply to...
During the holidays, I noticed a Franciscan Health commercial with the hashtag #FranciscanPeacePrayer. This beautiful prayer, attributed to St. Francis in the 13th century, was repeated during the commercial. The visuals in the ad showed smiling people helping each other and showing love. Here is a link if you want to check it... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 13 Mar 2017It’s Up to Us (Always Has Been)
One of the most frustrating and emotionally and spiritually damaging aspects of Transgender justice work is the persistent confrontation with silence. There is always a moment when individuals, organizations of all kinds, family members or friends, communities of faith, and government entities have an opportunity to offer care, kindness... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogTue, 28 Feb 2017Young, Trans, and Afraid of the Bathroom
Editor's Note: Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice made it clear that they will not uphold guidelines designed to help schools support transgender students. Our faith tells us trans students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect—this includes the ability to use bathrooms and locker rooms that... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 13 Feb 2017The Steep Path: How Muslim Allies Can Resist...
Originally published in December 2015, this post has particular resonance this week following President Donald Trump's Executive Order to restrict immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This bans stigmatizes and harms immigrants, refugees, and Muslims, and it is an assault on the values we hold dear, including... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogWed, 11 Jan 2017Believe Out Loud To Debut New Training At...
Next week, the staff of Believe Out Loud will join more than 4,000 attendees in Philadelphia at the 29th annual Creating Change conference, which is hosted each year by the National LGBTQ Task Force. This year, the Believe Out Loud team will debut a new training: Digital Strategies for Faithful Action. This year's... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 9 Jan 2017To Be Known: My Journey To Standing Rock
My entire life has been an exercise in chasing after the fulfillment of being known. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela but have lived in the Latin diaspora since I was 3 years old. I have never returned home. I do not know my people, my language, or my birth family. I’m exhausted from chasing what I imagine is the... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud