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Parliament Launches LGBTQ+ Webinar Series

June 3, 2020

Throughout June and July 2020, the Parliament will host a series of three webinars focused on LGBTQ+ inclusion in faith communities.

On Tuesday, June 23, at 11am Eastern (New York time) the Parliament hosts Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, David Bryan Ochara, Co-Founder of Cosmopolitan Affirming Community is Nairobi, Kenya, Johnny Martin, coordinator at the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program in Arizona, and Alex Sullivan, who has dedicated their expertise in digital landscapes and online spaces to help faith communities transition to online community during COVID-19. In this webinar, “Creating a More Inclusive Next Generation”, we discuss what it will take to create a more inclusive future for the next generations, both locally across various geographic regions and in today’s more virtual world. We will hear about the unique challenges and efforts in Israel, Kenya, and the US youth interfaith movement, and the challenges and opportunities of inclusivity offered in today’s world where faith communities are forces to shift to an online world.

Register now for June 23 “Creating a More Inclusive Next Generation”

On Tuesday, July 7, at 2 pm Eastern (New York time) the Parliament hosts a webinar in Spanish focusing on efforts toward religious inclusivity in Latin America. In this webinar, we hear from faith leaders across Central and South America who have founded LGBTQ+ affirming faith communities and interfaith organizations, working toward inclusivity both on the local level and across Latin America. Moderated by Ricardo Bustos Manzano, founder of Fraternidad Interspiritual in Mexico City, we host panelists Sifu Koio Samadhi, Founder of the Sangha Dhammadapa in Argentina, Sister Radhakanti Devi Dasi, Grihastha of the Vaisnava Hindu Community and Counselor of the Interspiritual Fraternity, Rev. David Limo, Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Southeast Mexico, and Rev. Jean Tetsuji, Dharma minister in the temple Nambei Hongaji in Brazil and Founder of the LGBTQ+ Rainbow Sangha.
Register now for July 7 “Líderes Religiosos por la Inclusión LGBTTTIQA+ en Latinoamérica”

On Tuesday, July 21, at 3 pm Eastern (New York time) the Parliament hosts a special webinar for Parliament members, a discussion on various “Faith Perspectives on Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Faith Spaces”. In this webinar, we hear the perspectives from representatives of various religious traditions and invite members to join the dialogue. Moderated by Parliament Board Member and Director of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations Bruce Knotts, we host a panel of leaders who strive to create inclusive, welcoming communities within their faith. Featuring Vyda Ng, Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council, Ani Zonneveld, Founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values, Michael Schuenemeyer, Executive of the Office for Health and Wholeness Advocacy of Wider Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ, Rabbi Becky Silverstein, Rabbi and Founder of Beyn Kodesh l’Chol, and Baljit Kaur, Sikh community representative.
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