Full Inclusion: A Congregational Self-Assessment, part 2

Education

In its educational programs for adults and youth, the inclusive congregation:

  • Recognizes that inclusivity is an ongoing process, requiring sustained study and reflection on issues of concern to LGBT congregants

  • Provides comprehensive sexuality education for children, youth and adults that includes sexual orientation and gender identity

  • Offers library books and other resources that reflect diverse families and address LGBT-relevant issues Includes educational pamphlets from LGBT service organizations among other community resources it makes available to congregants

  • Invites guest speakers to address LGBT social concerns, such as marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples, hate crimes legislation and homelessness among LGBT youth

  • Creates opportunities for LGBT congregants to lead forums and workshops, participate on panels, speak at congregational town halls, etc., to share their stories with the rest of the congregation

  • Integrates stories of LGBT lives and the pastoral concerns of LGBT people in its ongoing youth and adult education programs

  • Hosts screenings, followed by group discussion, of documentary and feature films (e.g., “For the Bible Tells Me So,” “Milk,” “Trembling Before G-d,” “Call Me Malcolm”) that address the LGBT experience, particularly with regard to religion.