UCC at Creating Change

UCC at Creating Change

Creating Change 2013
The National Conference on LGBT Equality

January 23-27, Atlanta, GA



Highlights and events with UCC related leadership.

Friday, Jan 25

3:00pm-4:30pm, Workshop: Race and Leadership in Faith-based Organizing,
Hilton 311/312

Presenters: Rev. Kelly Burd and Rev. Elizabeth Leung

This workshop engages participant in an interactive process to understand the racial and cultural dimensions of leadership in the context(s) in which their work is located, how those dimensions present opportunities and challenges regarding leadership, and the ways in which those dimensions inform their strategies in effective LGBTQ leadership development.

Time Update! 6:30pm, Shabbat Service, Meet in Hilton Lobby for transportation or directions. Service starts at 7:00pm.

Saturday, Jan 26

9:00am–10:30 am, Workshop: Winning with Faith,
Hilton 313/314

Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, Moderator
Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, Faith Director, Marylanders for Marriage Equality and Deputy Director HRC Religion and Faith Program
Rev. Sue Gabrielson, Faith Director, Mainers for Marriage - Yes on 1
Rev. Debra Peevey, Faith Director, Washington United for Marriage
Javen Swanson, Faith Organizer, OutFront Minnesota.

Faith organizers in some of the recent marriage equality campaigns will share their experience and insights about what was effective in moving faith communities into greater involvement. Come engage with the panelists about what worked, where the pitfalls and challenges were and how they worked to overcome them. We’ll explore together what we need to have learned from the faith efforts in this election for our opportunities going forward.


9:00am-10:30am, Workshop: Moving from the Land of Misfits to a Place of Inclusion,
Hilton 309/310
Presenter: Rev. Anthony W. Sullivan, Jr.                               

This interactive workshop will serve as a collaborative forum to allow participants to dig deeper and explore spirituality and sexuality as an integrative process by moving past obscure and misquoted passages found in the Bible to discovering an authentic relationship with God. Participants will be challenged to counter HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination with a charge of direct social action.


3:00pm-4:30pm, Workshop: Safe Space and Anti-Bullying Programs in Faith-Based Settings
Hilton 308

Presenters: Rev. Kelly Burd, Minister for Leadership Development, Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
Karen Taylor, Director of Jewish Outreach for Long Island GLBT Services Network

This workshop will share information, ideas and resources that support the creation of safe spaces and anti-bullying efforts in faith communities, including education, pastoral care, youth programming (such as GSA Clubs) and advocacy.


3:00pm-6:15pm, Academy Session: Queering Religious Partnership
Hilton, 307

Presenters:  Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, Rev. Dr. Derrick Spiva, Rev. Ande Emmanuel, Imam Daayiee Abdulah

As the US-based LGBTQ movement experiences some successes—both within religious communities and in secular society—much of the Radical Religious Right has shifted its focus to the exportation of hate around the globe.  The results are often deadly—especially for those living in the Global South.  But important and exciting models are emerging—that take intersectional, religious organizing seriously and that recognize the interconnection between LGBTQ people, economic development and theological reconciliation.  This Academy Session will focus on models within Christianity to partner US-based pro-LGBTQ justice work with HIV/AIDS, economic development and other faith work that is open to working around LGBTQ issues.


6:30pm–7:30pm, UCC Caucus
Hilton 311/312

This Caucus will gather members and friends of the United Church of Christ for the purpose of networking, building relationships, sharing experiences, ideas, collaboration opportunities and ways to become involved in the LGBTQ work of denomination and the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns.  No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome!


Sunday, Jan 28

9:00am–10:30am – Engaging the Spirit: An Interfaith Service for All
Crystal Ballroom

11:30am–1:00pm – Brunch and Closing Plenary
Grand Ballroom

Contact Info

Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115