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Building an Inclusive Church

Faith-Based Community Organizing

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What if our welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people sparked a renewal of our entire community’s faith life?

Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit version 2.0

The Building an Inclusive Church trainings help you design and implement a process for your congregation to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an Inclusive Church equips you with ways to create dialogue, deepening relationships throughout the congregation rather than sparking debate and division.

You will have opportunities to engage through a mix of presentation, hands-on practice, and small group discussion. Many of the tools you will learn come from faith-based relational organizing, such as the one-to-one visit and strategic storytelling. Grounded in scripture and discipleship, this training allows you to explore your own Christian call to hospitality and evangelism.

If you are currently in a welcoming process, if you are thinking about starting a welcoming process, or if you fear what would happen if you began openly discussing a welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, this training could be for you! Feel free to invite your clergy and other members of your congregation to attend with you. And because this curriculum is shared across the ecumenical Welcoming Church Movement, feel free to share this with friends from other denominations.

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Want to know more?

Specific information for each training can be found in the Logistics Information files, which can be downloaded below.

  • Location and directions
  • Cost
  • Start and end times
  • Travel and Lodging
  • Meals
  • How to register (online or by mail)
  • What to bring
  • Suggested reading

Scholarships are available

We do our best not to let the cost of the trainings keep anyone from attending. If money is a challenge for you, please fill out our Scholarship Application Form. We will be back in touch with you as soon as we can as to whether or not funds are available to cover your costs.

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Have further questions?

Please contact Rev. Debra Peevey, Training Coordinator at

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Interested in having a BIC Training in your area?

Please CLICK HERE to let us know!

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Upcoming Training Opportunities

Building an Inclusive Church Training

September 5-6, 2014
Lincoln, NE

September 19-20, 2014
Sioux Fall, SD

October 10-11, 2014
Lawrence, KS

November 21-22, 2014
Houston, TX

More trainings in 2014 coming!

Process Coach Training

Do you want to help increase the number of Reconciling churches, communities and campus ministries? Please join us at one of our upcoming Process Coach trainings to make a difference locally. In the past year we trained over 250 United Methodists on how to be a Process Coaches who are now working with churches and Sunday School classes to equip them to share God’s welcome to ALL people. This year we will offer 15 trainings to United Methodists who are ready to coach a prospective Reconciling community to take the next step in the Reconciling process. RMN has identified 500 prospective Reconciling congregations – we need your help to engage them in widening their welcome to our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. Each process coach training will include skill building around topics common in the Reconciling process including: complex identities, framing, steps of the Reconciling Process, graceful engagement, and conflict management.

For a more detailed view of what a coach is asked to do, please look at the Reconciling Process Coach Description (pdf).

Upcoming Process Coach Trainings

Having trouble registering? Email or call 773-736-5526.

Integrity Believe Out Loud Workshops

Believe Out Loud workshops will help you to speak to people in your church or diocese about why it's important to welcome and include LGBT people in the life of your church communities. Many of our congregations have a long history of inclusion. Sometimes, however, it is helpful to take a look at our congregation as others might see it and explore what messages we are sending to our communities about who is welcome among us. With the tools you will gain from this workshop, you can work with your fellow Christians to build your churches as inclusive communities that welcome EVERYONE into the body of Christ.

Upcoming Integrity Believe Out Loud Workshops

Graceful Engagement Webinar

  • Join together online to learn about graceful engagement in the art of making conversation over difficult topics, such as LGBT full-inclusion in the church
  • This was recorded and is available to online. Click here to see it.
  • A computer with internet access and sound capability is required.

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Organizational Partners

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Integrity Reconciling Works
More Light Presbyterians Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns (ONA) Reconciling Ministries Network Room for All - Reformed Church in America Welcoming Community Network - Community of Christ