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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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    Wed, 26 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Alvin Ailey

    Highlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers Alvin Ailey was born in 1931 in Rogers, Texas. Barred from mainstream society Ailey began his life in a time of economic crisis (the Great Depression), racism, violence and segregation. His father abandoned his mother when Ailey was only three months old, forcing them to work in cotton fields and as... more...

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    Wed, 26 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Labi Siffre

    Claudius Afolabi “Labi” Siffre was a singer songwriter, composer and poet from London. The fourth of five of Barbadian-Belgian and Nigerian descent. Although educated in Catholic School he stated that he has always been an atheist. He studied music at the Eric Gilder School of Music and remembered his experience with... more...

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    Tue, 25 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Josephine...

    Josephine Bakers life story is unbelievably queer. The first indication of this is found in the St. Louis city records. Her mother, Carrie McDonald was admitted to the exclusively all white Female Hospital after becoming pregnant whilst working for a German family. This was 1906. America was segregated, patriarchal and typically Black... more...

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    Mon, 24 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Audre Lorde

      Audre Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,”. A native New Yorker, daughter of West Indian immigrants, she became an influential black feminist thinker, essayist, memoirist and novelist. She focused her prose and poetry on the complexities of sexual and racial identity through a... more...

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    Thu, 20 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Marsha P....

      Outspoken transgender activist, fashion icon, drag performer and pioneer Marsha P. Johnson began to wear dresses at the age of 5. As it so often happens, other children teased, harassed and bullied her to the point where she eventually stopped. Not until she graduated high school and moved to New York City—with $15 and a... more...

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Willi Ninja

    Willi Ninja, born William Roscoe Leake, was an American choreographer and dancer known for his iconic dance style featured in the movie Paris is Burning. Identifying as a gay man, Ninja’s distinctive dance style was inspired by Fred Astaire, young Michael Jackson, Olympic gymnasts, Asian culture and haute couture. Although Ninja... more...

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  • Blog
    Wed, 8 Jan 2020
    ArticleBOL Bookshelf Review: “I Am Jazz”

    Welcome to the first installment of The Believe Out Loud Bookshelf!    This segment will highlight LGBT-oriented books and authors that are making a difference in the community.   The first book to be reviewed on The Believe Out Loud Bookshelf is “I Am Jazz,” co-authored by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel... more...

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    Mon, 23 Dec 2019
    ArticleAdvent Reflections

    In Advent, while we await the birth of Jesus, so many things come to life. Lights flicker on trees, wreaths are hung and typical house plants are replaced by festive poinsettias, all seeming to symbolize expectation and arrival, an outward hope. However, the anticipation of a cozy and cheerful holiday is not accurate for many people.... more...

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