Building an Inclusive Church - Faith-Based Community Organizing

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Building an Inclusive Church

Faith-Based Community Organizing

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What if our welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people sparked a renewal of our entire community’s faith life?

Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit version 2.0

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.

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Want to know more?

Specific information for each training can be found in the Logistics Information files, which can be downloaded below.

  • Location and directions
  • Cost
  • Start and end times
  • Travel and Lodging
  • Meals
  • How to register (online or by mail)
  • What to bring
  • Suggested reading

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.

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Upcoming Training Opportunities

BIC trainings are upcoming in 2022!

Find more information at: Find more information at: Building an Inclusive Church | ReconcilingWorks

Organizational Partners

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance 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