About Ministries Beyond Welcome
The Mission is: to work for full acceptance, affirmation, accommodation and increased thriving potential of trans/gender-diverse, queer, and sexuality-expansive persons by facilitating change-making within communities through a range of socio-political, socio-cultural, and faith-based means and methods.
The Vision is bold: MBW envisions creation of a hoped-for world where every child of Creator is liberated, equipped, and supported to become who they are, fulfill their potential, and thrive in a just interdependent, inter-relational, egalitarian, gender-expansive, sexuality-diverse, multi-racial, multi-cultural human community.
Overview: MBW recognizes the historical (and current) role of institutionalized religion in the systemic, institutional and legalistic marginalization and oppression of gender-diverse and sexuality-diverse persons (including racial, misogynistic, and classist oppression) and acknowledges this requires a direct response. Ministries Beyond Welcome purposefully engages centering a movement toward greater gender, sex, and sexuality justice through stimulation of increased dialogue, awareness-raising, education, advocacy, direct services and seeks ideological and paradigmatic shifts across religious, social, and cultural intersections. MBW works for the hopeful expectation of its mission through a range of means, methods and services to and with trans/gender-diverse and sexuality-diverse persons, faith communities, and the community at large through relational engagement, consultation, and direct support, to include:
- theological and practical educational workshops, seminars, and training;
- consultation, educational workshops, and theological reflection with faith groups desiring to be more accepting, affirming, and accommodating of trans/gender-diverse persons and LGBTQ people, generally;
- practical intersectional and process-based seminars and workshops (secularly);
- spiritual formation and spiritual reconciliation workshops, seminars, and small-group retreats;
- study groups, support groups, community-building initiatives, and interfaith worship services, vigils, and prayer services;
- participation in just witness and action through marches, rallies, and addresses to legislative bodies;
- other forms of public witness and protest;
- collaborative organizing and partnership with local and national secular and faith-based, justice-seeking partners.
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