Welcome to Practice Spirit Do Justice
NAACP Supports LGBT & Marriage Equality
We're grateful for the passionate and clear commitment of Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP to LGBT and marriage equality. The NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. In 2008, at age 35, he became the youngest person to serve as its chief executive. Jealous offered the opening keynote address at Creating Change last night. Creating Change is the National Conference on LGBT equality and this is the 24th annual conference produced by NGLTF.
Practice Spirit, Do Justice takes place in conjunction with the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Baltimore January 25–29, 2012. Practice Spirit, Do Justice launched at the 2011 Creating Change Conference in Minneapolis and was attended by over 400 people.
Practice Spirit, Do Justice is the culmination of many years of relationship building and organizing across pro-LGBT religious and spiritual communities. The goal of this special programming segment at 2012 Creating Change is to build stronger alliances between secular and religious communities.
Practice Spirit, Do Justice creates a multi-racial, multi-faith mini-conference that does not gloss over our differences along the lines of religion, spiritual practice, immigration status, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability or age. We will deeply hold, acknowledge and learn from our differences as we engage in the transformational work of finding the overlaps in our stories and experiences. We will create a space where respectful, direct and accountable dialogue can take place during our time together.
We're committed to teaching and sharing the skills necessary to build a pro LGBT religious movement that:
- Sparks mass mobilization (campaigns within religious traditions and in secular society through multi-faith organizing).
- Builds the organizations, networks and relationships (the infrastructure of the movement).
- Creates and shares a "worldview" that envisions a just, equitable and interconnected world in which all people, including LGBT people, thrive.
To participate in Practice Spirit, Do Justice, please register for the 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. You will be able to click a button indicating your intention to attend Practice Spirit, Do Justice.
All Practice Spirit, Do Justice programs and sessions will be presented at the Hilton Baltimore, host hotel for the Creating Change Conference.
Thank you for your interest in building a stronger movement for equality, social justice and dignity for all of us.
Given the gender-phobia, homophobia and heterosexism of our culture and our faith traditions, far too often LGBT people experience themselves as powerless victims. In order to build strong leaders, our movement must help individuals move from a sense of disempowerment to one of agency, empowerment and action. Workshops in the area of Personal Transformation will focus on helping participants make the move to empowerment and action.
It has been said that Sunday morning at 11:00 am is the most segregated hour in America. If our multi-faith movement is to be successful, it is incumbent upon us to engage issues of race, class, ability, age and embodiment as we talk about gender identity and sexual orientation. Workshops in this area will explore the ways in which anti-oppression work is at its best and most effective when it engages the intersections of oppressions.
As a pro-LGBT faith movement, we need leaders who have the tools and training to act proactively and strategically. Workshops in this area will offer new tools and training for participants in the areas of faith-based community organizing, media training, board development, fund-raising, research, theology, capacity-building and other concrete skills.