Building an Inclusive Church
Faith-Based Community Organizing
What if our welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people sparked a renewal of our entire community’s faith life?
The Building an Inclusive Church trainings help you design and implement a process for your congregation to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an Inclusive Church equips you with ways to create dialogue, deepening relationships throughout the congregation rather than sparking debate and division.
You will have opportunities to engage through a mix of presentation, hands-on practice, and small group discussion. Many of the tools you will learn come from faith-based relational organizing, such as the one-to-one visit and strategic storytelling. Grounded in scripture and discipleship, this training allows you to explore your own Christian call to hospitality and evangelism.
If you are currently in a welcoming process, if you are thinking about starting a welcoming process, or if you fear what would happen if you began openly discussing a welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, this training could be for you! Feel free to invite your clergy and other members of your congregation to attend with you. And because this curriculum is shared across the ecumenical Welcoming Church Movement, feel free to share this with friends from other denominations.
Want to know more?
Specific information for each training can be found in the Logistics Information files, which can be downloaded below.
Scholarships are available
We do our best not to let the cost of the trainings keep anyone from attending. If money is a challenge for you, please fill out our Scholarship Application Form. We will be back in touch with you as soon as we can as to whether or not funds are available to cover your costs.
Have further questions?
Please contact Rev. Debra Peevey, Lead Ecumenical Trainer at Debra@WelcomingResources.org.
Interested in having a BIC Training in your area?
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Building an Inclusive Church Workshop
More trainings coming in 2017!