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    Wed, 1 Jul 2020
    The Role of the UN in Combatting Racism in the...

    The Civil Rights Movement ushered in an era of monumental activism in the fight against centuries of grotesque injustice and violence against the Black community in the United States. In 1951, a group of Black activists from the Civil Rights Congress wrote a petition to the United Nations titled “We Charge Genocide: The... more...

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    Mon, 22 Jun 2020
    ArticlePride Conversations: A Q&A with Ross Murray of...

    Pride Month this year is unlike any other. With so much change in the world around us, one thing remains the same: the significance of Pride to LGBT people, their friends and families. To help share and spread Pride this month, we’re conducting a series of Pride Conversations. These brief Q&As are designed to help expand on the... more...

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    Thu, 11 Jun 2020
    ArticlePride Conversations: A Q&A with Justin Fyala of...

    Pride Month this year is unlike any other. With so much change in the world around us, one thing remains the same: the significance of Pride to LGBT people, their friends and families. To help share and spread Pride this month, we’re conducting a series of Pride Conversations on this blog. These brief Q&As are designed to help... more...

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2020
    ArticleRamadan Mubarak! Ramadan Shamil!

    Ramadan Mubarak! Attempts to establish a lexicon of non-degrading appropriate terms for the LGBT community in Arabic is an ongoing process first traced back to the end of the 1990’s. In 2003, a group of LGBT identifying Arab women call the Mujadarra Grrls, published a bilingual glossary of positive expressions of sexuality in... more...

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    Sun, 12 Apr 2020
    ArticleBelieve Out Loud’s First Easter Service

    Watch here. Printable Worship Bulletin (English). Printable Worship Bulletin (Spanish). Make a donation to Believe Out Loud here. Thank you for celebrating Easter with us!   more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 6 Apr 2020
    ArticleMy Isolation Experience: Anna

    Rarely have these words by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., resonated as strongly as in these days of globally experienced fear, trauma and despair: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” In our individual isolation, we – the Believe Out Loud team – want to... more...

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    Fri, 3 Apr 2020
    ArticleConfessions of a Local Pastor

    The lead deacon at my church called me several days into our mandated social distancing (I cannot recall which day he spoke to me because all the days blend into one another.) and asked if he could post encouraging words daily on our Facebook page.  He commented that he had not seen many pastors or religious leaders publicly... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 31 Mar 2020
    ArticleBeing alone with God: Reflections on The Soul of...

    [Above: Joy Ladin reads at the Intersections office on March 10, 2020] On March 10, 2020, Believe Out Loud and Intersections hosted author and academic Joy Ladin in our New York office for a reading and discussion celebrating her book The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective. It was an evening of... more...

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2020
    ArticleWhere to livestream your worship this weekend:...

    As we all adjust to new routines in the midst of the developing COVID-19 crisis, Believe Out Loud is committed to finding ways for our community to continue to be connected to affirming spiritual resources. Houses of worship are now transitioning to online-only prayer, services and gatherings. We have gathered below links to free... more...

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    Fri, 13 Mar 2020
    ArticleImitating God’s Heart

    Imitating God’s Heart I grew up in the Baptist Church and we did not commemorate the liturgical season of the Christian Church.  When I became a pastor, it was my church in Sacramento that schooled me on Advent and Lent.  I developed a deep appreciation for the spiritual concepts of developing patience (a core part of... more...

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