Intersections International: Our 2021 Impact Report

 
As Intersections International draws its operations to a close, we are immensely grateful for the opportunities we have had to bring love, hope and reconciliation into the world since 2007. Throughout its evolutions, this ministry has stood up for the dignity and divinity of all peoples. Our activities in fiscal year 2021 reflect this high calling, and we are proud to outline here the mark that Intersections has made on the world in a time of global change.
 

Believe Out Loud Builds a Global LGBTQIA Faith Community

 

In fiscal year 2021, Believe Out Loud’s online worship program became a keystone of Intersections’ global social justice impact. Our Christmas and Easter services convened faith leaders from around the country in affirming worship that centered and sanctified LGBTQIA spirituality. Seminarian interns from Union Theological Seminary provided new exegetical and theological insights for our original liturgy. Musical and dance performances by queer artists elevated each service into an immersive, affirming experience of community, spirituality and connection.
 
Source: Believe Out Loud
 
To complement our streaming worship services, Believe Out Loud has branched out into Bible study. Our three-part video series for LGBTQIA people and allies seeking to select their first Bible launched in June 2021, as part of our overall Pride offerings. These also included our community Padlet, which invited BOL followers to join us in creating an interactive bulletin board celebrating and affirming queer spirituality, and our Pride Power Hour, a live interactive showcase of BOL’s programmatic and humanitarian efforts featuring the whole team.
                         Source: Believe Out Loud                                       Source: Believe Out Loud

Sending Love and Hope to Caribbean Partner Organizations 

 

Climate disasters are especially destabilizing to those who already live on the margins, including racial and ethnic minorities and LGBTQIA people. In 2020, the challenges of Covid-19 compounded ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in the Caribbean, as well as threats from new storms. Hurricane Isaias brought extreme flooding and destruction to the Hato Mayor region of the Dominican Republic in August 2020, straining resources in a community struggling with poverty. Thanks to our donors, Intersections worked with local Catholic parishes to provide a two-week food supply to 100 families in nearby San Pedro de Macorís, where a large Afro-Dominican population lives with the economic challenge of social marginalization; we followed up with a second major contribution in spring of 2021.
 
 
                 Source: Parroquia San Jose Obrero                                   Source: Parroquia San Jose Obrero
 
Throughout the pandemic, we have also continued to support the LGBTQIA community in Puerto Rico. As the appeal for our Easter 2021 service, we collected donations to support the furnishing of a prayer and meditation room at the LGBT+ Community Center in San Juan, operated by our partners at Waves Ahead. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, their virtual programming has provided this community with resources for connection, reflection and safety. We’re proud to help them create a beautiful and intentional space for spiritual nourishment.
 
 
Source: Waves Ahead/Intersections

A Global Symposium for Women Peacebuilders

 

In December 2020, Intersections hosted Keep the Faith: Hope and Healing - A Global Perspective on Women’s Voices, a two-day virtual symposium convened in collaboration with the Al Amana Centre in Muscat, Oman. The program attracted participants from 23 countries and was headlined by the Dr. Agnes Aboum, moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee. In addition to plenary discussion of the role women of faith play in global conflict resolution, the program featured performances exemplifying the power of art and music to further reconciliation efforts.
Source: Intersections International

Dismantling Discrimination: The Role of Faith Communities in Transforming Society

 

In May 2021, Intersections convened two renowned religious scholars with our partners at the Evangelischer Kirchenkreis Berlin Stadtmitte (KKBS) for a conversation on the historic roots of religiously motivated discrimination. University of Chicago Divinity School Dean David Nirenberg was joined by Rabbi Burton Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Rev. Silke Radosh-Hinder of KKBS. The well-received conversation covered a wide range of topics relating to the global rise of hatred and unrest during the pandemic, including historical antecedents, and welcomed audience members in the US, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. 
 
Source: Intersections International
 

Amplification Grants

 

As part of our mission and commitment to the teachings of Titus 3:14 to “provide for urgent needs,” Intersections has set aside a portion of our annual budget to distribute to grassroots peacebuilding initiatives yearly since 2019. In fiscal year 2021, we distributed $102,000 in amplification granting to 25 organizations around the world working on the frontlines of human rights and humanitarian response. Through these grants, Intersections has helped provide housing, food, education, Covid-19 relief, mental health services and transformational advocacy for the LGBTQIA community. Our grantees had an impact across the US, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Guyana, Sweden, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and India.
              Source: Pathfinders Justice Initiative                                  Source: Greenpoint Reformed Church