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We are a supportive and welcoming network of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and straight allies coming from diverse spiritual traditions to open hearts, minds, and doors

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June Meeting Details

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

LGBTQ Interfaith Issues

Join our panel of clergy and religious professionals from a variety of faiths as we discuss LGBTQ issues and faith traditions.

Rev. Jackie Utley was the first African American to be ordained in the ELCA in South Carolina. She is senior pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in Columbia, a congregation in a neighborhood with shifting demographics. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia.

Rev. Judith L. Myers has served as Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship since early 2017. She earned her Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA. Judith is a life-long Baptist and considers the Alliance of Baptists her denominational home. Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship, a “unique kind of Baptist”, is an inclusive community of faith, rooted in love. EBF stands with truth, love, and justice.

Jonathan Case is rabbi for Beth Shalom Synagogue and has served as a spiritual guide and minister for more than three decades. Rabbi Case has degrees from Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Leo Baeck College in London. He is author of Life’s Pathway: Inspirations to Fire the Soul.

Beth Shalom Synagogue
5827 N. Trenholm Rd.
Columbia, SC 29206

Meal: 6:00 pm
Special meal provided for us by Beth Shalom! $15 payable in cash at the door.

Program: 6:30 pm


Welcoming Organizations

Within many faith organizations and religious denominations, there are movements that support full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life of that community. Most of these inclusive movements are not part of the religious denomination's or faith organization's official structure, but they are working to change policies. In addition, they provide support to LGBTQ persons within their churches.

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