For longer than anyone can remember, the Black church has been a symbol of safety; a trusted space for African Americans to experience community, express spirituality and cultivate family. The church has also been a cornerstone for justice and social change, providing a sturdy support system for community action. Its faith-based platform has raised iconic leaders, speakers, musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs and activists that have enhanced the Black experience in the United States and the world.
The intersection of spirituality and sexuality is a challenge that many Black churches still find difficult to adequately address and navigate, as religion is arguably one of the most popular tools used to oppose equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Our community partner, Rev. Cedric Harmon with Many Voices, will be hosting a community conversation about sexuality, scripture, and saving the LGBT movement on Wednesday, June 24 from 1 until 2 p.m. (EDT).
During this Twitter town hall, a panel of activists and clergy will unpack how the Bible and Black religious traditions have been misunderstood, how faith can inform a more intersectional approach to justice-seeking, and what a movement more grounded in and guided by religious text and tradition looks like. To join the conversation, use hashtag #savingLGBT and follow @ManyVoicesOrg.
This discussion will feature the following panelists:
- Rev. Brendan Boone (@TheRevyRev), an out transgender pastor at St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh, N.C.
- Faith Cheltenham (@thefayth), president of BiNet USA;
- Rev. Dr. Delman Coates (@iamdelmancoates), senior pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md.
- Samantha Master (@TheFireNexTime), queer feminist activist
- Darnell Moore (@Moore_Darnell), senior editor at MicNews and co-manager/editor at the Feminist Wire
Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in an important conversation concerning the LGBT community.