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- BlogMon, 24 Apr 20174 Ways to Be a Better Ally
The Trump administration has been in power for just over two months. Many people are fearful that the social advantages won in recent times will be rolled back. Recently, the administration took gender identity and sexual orientation off of the 2020 census. The cause for concern for many people in our country and the future of our... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogWed, 5 Apr 2017Internalized Resilience-Embracing Thrivingness
I am not oppressed, I am not a victim—I thrive, I rise, I am. A few months ago, I participated at an organization's Board of Directors meeting. It was an intense gathering where we were all challenged to stretch beyond our comfort zones and look at how each of us participates in anti-oppression work and in oppression... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 27 Mar 2017When Christian Compassion Doesn’t Apply to...
During the holidays, I noticed a Franciscan Health commercial with the hashtag #FranciscanPeacePrayer. This beautiful prayer, attributed to St. Francis in the 13th century, was repeated during the commercial. The visuals in the ad showed smiling people helping each other and showing love. Here is a link if you want to check it... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 13 Mar 2017It’s Up to Us (Always Has Been)
One of the most frustrating and emotionally and spiritually damaging aspects of Transgender justice work is the persistent confrontation with silence. There is always a moment when individuals, organizations of all kinds, family members or friends, communities of faith, and government entities have an opportunity to offer care, kindness... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogTue, 28 Feb 2017Young, Trans, and Afraid of the Bathroom
Editor's Note: Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice made it clear that they will not uphold guidelines designed to help schools support transgender students. Our faith tells us trans students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect—this includes the ability to use bathrooms and locker rooms that... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 13 Feb 2017The Steep Path: How Muslim Allies Can Resist...
Originally published in December 2015, this post has particular resonance this week following President Donald Trump's Executive Order to restrict immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This bans stigmatizes and harms immigrants, refugees, and Muslims, and it is an assault on the values we hold dear, including... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogWed, 11 Jan 2017Believe Out Loud To Debut New Training At...
Next week, the staff of Believe Out Loud will join more than 4,000 attendees in Philadelphia at the 29th annual Creating Change conference, which is hosted each year by the National LGBTQ Task Force. This year, the Believe Out Loud team will debut a new training: Digital Strategies for Faithful Action. This year's... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 9 Jan 2017To Be Known: My Journey To Standing Rock
My entire life has been an exercise in chasing after the fulfillment of being known. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela but have lived in the Latin diaspora since I was 3 years old. I have never returned home. I do not know my people, my language, or my birth family. I’m exhausted from chasing what I imagine is the... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogFri, 23 Dec 2016Coming Out As Trans In An Affirming Faith...
Affirming pastors can have an immeasurably positive impact in the lives of their LGBTQIA congregants. Hannah Soldner, a Believe Out Loud blogger, is lucky to have three affirming pastors who accompany her on her faith journey. Rev. Mieke Vandersall, the second openly gay minister to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church, is one of... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogFri, 9 Dec 2016My Hope Is In Us
Advent is the great liturgical season of waiting. We yearn, we search, and we reach out, and we dream of Immanuel who will walk amoung us. We spend much time preparing our homes and our churches for the holiday, and we wait. This season of waiting with expectation is the perfect time to work on our relationship with the Divine, to focus... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud