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Towards a Welcoming and Inclusive Church

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Javen Swanson

Javen Swanson
Interim Faith Work Director
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Javen Swanson comes to the Task Force from OutFront Minnesota, where he served as Associate Director of Organizing for Faith. He has extensive experience working within multifaith settings. His focus has been both to support change within religious communities and to help religious communities support campaigns for LGBT justice, including the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign which helped defeat a proposed marriage amendment in 2012 and went on to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Minnesota in 2013. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Javen is a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Javen lives with his husband Oby and their two cats in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

David Lohman

DAVID LOHMAN
IWR & Faith Work Coordinator
Minneapolis, Minnesota

David serves as IWR & Faith Work Coordinator for the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources, and oversees the Shower of Stoles Project.

Also a musical theatre conductor and pianist, David spent 3½ years as associate conductor for the first national company of The Phantom of the Opera. Benefit concerts, which he conducted with the Phantom cast, raised over $400,000 for AIDS, breast cancer, and mental health. Since returning to the Twin Cities, he has music directed shows at the Guthrie Theater and the Ordway Center, and appeared onstage and in the pit for numerous productions at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. The award-nominated Beyond the Rainbow, a biographical musical about Judy Garland which he co-wrote for the History Theatre in St. Paul, is being produced around the country. He serves as music director for the annual Ivey Awards – the awards for Twin Cities theater. A published arranger, his arrangements include “Shenandoah/They Call the Wind Maria” and “O, Holy Night,” written for TV specials starring figure skater Brian Boitano. He serves as Director of Music at Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ.

David holds a B.A. in acting, and did his graduate work in conducting at Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.

Barbara Satin

BARBARA SATIN
Assistant Faith Work Director
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Barbara Satin is a transgender activist involved with both the local and national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Besides serving on a number of local GLBT boards, she is a founder of GLBT Generations, a group that works to educate people about the needs of LGBT persons as they grow old. Nationally, Barbara serves on the Executive Council of the United Church of Christ, the first transgender woman to have a national leadership role in that denomination. She is also an adviser to the Civil Marriage Collaborative.

Barbara served as Interim Program Director for the Institute of Welcoming Resources during the first half of 2007 and stayed on as IWR & Faith Work Consultant working on special projects. She is also a member of the Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, where she is involved in developing and marketing a 41 unit senior housing cooperative.

Kathleen Campisano, Faith Organizing Manager

KATHLEEN CAMPISANO
Faith Organizing Manager
Washington, District of Columbia

Senior Field Organizer, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, based in Washington, DC offce. Curiosity, the south, racial justice, unpacking homophobia. First Job: at her Italian family’s grocery at age 6. Organizing Passions: building relationships across lines of race, age, economics, sexuality; having hard conversations, curiosity, and getting people to ask for help. An almost 60 year old, southern white woman of color living in post-partum Prop 8 Los Angeles, working like crazy for liberation for everybody. Mentored by some outstanding white anti-racist activists, “standing with” and supporting leaders of color is her through line. Volunteer coordinator at Louisville Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign; raised my son, Arthur to be our straight-spokesperson at 9 years old; and, wondered why everyone wasn’t at rallies for police profiling or a living wage.” Kathleen proposes that if we were all much more curious about each other, we would feel connected to everyone struggling for freedom. She loves kayaking, asking everybody for money, walking fast & hiking slow, seeing movie stars and building a team for collective action. Kathleen especially loves being a mom (to 21 year old son, Arthur) and being a wife to Sarah!

Meredith Bischoff

MEREDITH BISCHOFF
IWR Webmaster
Chino Hills, Califorina

Meredith Bischoff works hard as a free-lance webmaster with IWR as one of her busiest clients. In addition, she is also an ordained elder in the Community of Christ. Meredith is currently serving as President of Board of Directors for Welcoming Community Network.

Meredith holds a Masters degree in Education from California State University Fullerton, and has completed post-graduate studies in Educational Psychology, Instructional Technology and Communications Management at the University of Southern California and the Annenberg School of Communications.


Organizational Partners

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Integrity Reconciling Works
More Light Presbyterians Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns (ONA) Reconciling Ministries Network Room for All - Reformed Church in America Welcoming Community Network - Community of Christ