The Religious Institute recently added two new members to the Board of Directors.
Rev. Deneen Robinson, who joined the board in the fall of 2017, is the Program Director at the Afiya Center in Dallas, Texas, the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women. In addition to her reproductive justice work, Deneen has also been a leader in HIV and addiction activism for over twenty years. She is the mother of two daughters, and a member of the Living Faith Covenant Church.
Deneen has been an important part of the Religious Institute’s growing partnership with the Afiya Center in Dallas, TX. She is helping to envision next steps in the Compassionate Faith project and helped organize the clinic blessing that took place last October in Fort Worth, Texas. Read Rev. Deneen Robinson’s full bio here.
Avery Belyeu, who joined the board in the spring of 2018, is a trans-femme and queer educator, student pastor, and theologian who works at the intersections of LGBTQ justice, public health, and religion. Avery’s professional work spans higher education, non-profit management, and government affairs. She worked for three years at The Trevor Project and currently works for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
In addition to these roles, Avery has served as an advisor to several non-profits, including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center and Trans Lifeline. Avery lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her partner Nathaniel, and their two mischievous cats Lilo and Percy. Avery participated in the clinic blessing we helped organize last year in Fort Worth, TX and is a fixture in faith and LGBTQ movement spaces. Read Avery Belyeu’s full bio here.
The Religious Institute is excited to welcome Rev. Deneen Robinson and Avery Belyeu!