Faith & Fairness Weekend 2012

August 26, 2012

THURSDAY, 9/6 6:30-8:30 PM
FAITH & FAIRNESS TOWN HALL: FAITH IN THE VOTING BOOTH

A moderated panel conversation featuring

Bishop V. Gene Robinson

Sr. Jeanine Gramick

Rabbi John Linder

– Phoenix College – John Paul Theatre
15th Ave. & Thomas Road

RSVP FOR THURSDAY NIGHT HERE: http://www.hrc.org/events/entry/faith-and-fairness-town-hall

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FRIDAY, 9/7   7:30-10am
Breakfast with the Panelists,

HRC AZ Federal Club Members & NLS Members (dues must be current 2012)
– Trinity Cathedral
100 West Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

FRIDAY, 9/7 12 Noon
A PRAYER VIGIL FOR THOSE DISAFFECTED FROM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THOSE HARMED BY ITS POLICIES

Join us in front of St. Mary’s Basilica at Noon on Friday for prayer and anointing. This is not a protest. It is an intentional time of prayer for healing for all.
– St. Mary’s 231 North 3rd Street, Phoenix

FRIDAY, 9/7 7PM
DOCUMENTARY SCREEENING “LOVE FREE OR DIE” – The Gene Robinson story.

Followed by a panel discussion featuring local judicatory heads and the film maker. Moderated by HRC’s Faith & Religion Project Director Sharon Groves

– Encanto Community Church (UCC)
2710 North 7th Avenue Phoenix

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SATURDAY, 9/8 9:30am-5pm
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE PHOENIX DECLARATION
– Beatitudes Church (UCC) 7th Ave. & Glendale, Phoenix

Morning features a look back at our history
A panel of former RC Priests who were ordered to remove their names from the original declaration
Lunch provided by Beatitudes Campus of Care
Afternoon features the film “In Good Conscience” documenting Sr. Gramick’s refusal to abandon ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics
A Plenary featuring Sr. Gramick
Training for Churches on Inclusion of Transgender members and on HIV/AIDS issues
The Launch of the Phoenix Declaration 2012

At 5pm we will join Dignity in the Saturday Liturgy with Sr. Jeanine preaching

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Bishop Minerva Carcaño Speaks Out in National Event for LGBTQ Rights

May 26, 2011

This week saw hundreds of faith leaders from all 50 states participating in the Human Rights Campaign‘s Clergy Call for Justice and Equality 2011.  The leaders, including the largest number of heads of Christian denominations to ever participate, gathered to support legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, to ban employment discrimination against LGBT people, and protect students from discrimination and bullying.

Bishop Minerva Carcaño was among the speakers at this week's HRC rally in Washington, D.C. (photo courtesy HRC)

Among those speaking at Tuesday, May 24th’s Press Conference was Bishop Minerva Carcaño, episcopal leader of the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her comments included:

“Hate and violence against persons, whether it is bullying in our schools, the taunting and violating of a person’s privacy to the point of humiliating that person and destroying his or her sense of self worth and belonging, to beatings and even murder on our streets or on the outskirts of our towns, all because of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, cannot be left unchallenged or unconquered.  Such violence against our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers is a violation of all that is good within us, and destroys the inherent human dignity of all of us.”  [Bishop Carcaño’s full statement HERE]

Joining Bishop Carcaño were Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop to be ordained in the Episcopal Church; Bishop Carlton Pearson, the Rev. Harry Knox (HRC’s Religion and Faith Program Director), and Bishop Yvette Flunder, who highlighted the faith leaders’ rationale proclaiming, “Too many are being murdered, too many are being bullied, too many have committed suicide!”

2011's Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Clergy Call Event on Capitol Hill. (photo courtesy HRC)

In what we’re going to be bold and claim as a shout-out to NLS/CFJ, Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow of the Presbyterian Church (USA) concluded his comments with, “People of faith, let us no longer be silent about the struggles of LGBTQ people! Let us no longer be silent! Now is the time to speak!” Amen, brother!

More on the event HERE.

In related news, a new HRC poll shows that a majority of Christians support LGBT Equality. Check out the poll results HERE.


No Longer Silent Action Feb. 19th in Phoenix

February 15, 2011

Exodus International, a group which adheres to the discredited claim that reparative therapy can “cure” homosexuality, is holding an all day conference in Phoenix to encourage individuals and families dealing with homosexuality to seek a path of denial and repression. Even though their flawed ideals have been disproven medically and psychologically, Exodus continues to promulgate erroneous information.

The clergy and lay supporters of No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice believe it is the mandate of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to witness against the kind of hate promoted at this conference.

Gather with us at 8:30am for prayer followed by a vigil as people enter the conference and throughout the day. We will stand as a testimony that God’s love excludes no one and that hateful religion has no place in the Valley of the Sun.

Join us Feb. 19th as we proclaim God’s love and promote the dignity and beauty of all God’s children. Head to our Facebook Event Page to let us know you’re attending.

WHEN:            Saturday, February 19, 2011 8:30am – 5:00pm

WHERE: Church for the Nations  6225 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

WHY: To  send a clear and strong message that hate will be met with the relentless challenge of radically inclusive love. The people of Arizona know all too well the results of misspoken statements that can and do lead to violence. When some Christian leaders assert that Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual or Transgender people are not accepted by God, they leave the door open for people to do violence under the guise of doing God’s will. We cannot allow that to continue.


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