4 PM FRIDAY, October 24 through Saturday, October 25


Fairlawn West United Church of Christ
2095 W Market St
Akron, OH 44313


•      In Ohio, the state legislature will be considering a vote on statewide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. This training will prepare people of faith to make a bold impact within their congregations for LGBTQ justice; to educate people about the harms caused to LGBTQ people by discrimination; and, to ready their congregations, lay leaders, and clergy to build relationships and to influence key legislators.

•      Sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Integrity Episcopalians, More Light Presbyterians, Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation, Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ, and United Methodist’s Reconciling Ministries Network; with support from the Equality Ohio Education Fund and Faith Council.

Training topics will include:

•      Why is Transgender Justice Key to an LGBTQ Welcoming Movement?

•      How Can We Increase Our Skills and Knowledge About Transgender People’s Needs in our congregations and in public life to become the best ally we can be?

•      Understand and use Conversations with People You Know to lift up listening as a spiritual practice within individual conversations to learn how people you know feel about LGBTQ inclusion, especially transgender justice.

•      Learn how to be a congregational leader and effectively develop teams of people to advance LGBTQ justice through strategic key activities including: educational conversations, visibility, letter-writing to legislators, letters to the editor, relationship building with questioning legislators and non-welcoming people of faith.

•      Clergy facilitation includes media training, writing op-eds, sermons about the harms caused to LGBTQ people and the need for redress and visibility. The Equality Ohio Faith Council will be actively involved in delivering a campaign update.

Logistics and registration:

•      Gas stipends will be offered for people who request them.

•      Meals provided: Friday dinner, Saturday  cold breakfast and lunch.

•      Materials include a participator list, all training materials and a next steps work plan.

•      Training fee is $100.00. Scholarships are available and we encourage you to request one.

•      FOR MORE INFORMATION or to register, to request a scholarship and to get housing information follow this link