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Voices of Faith to Speak Out for LGBT Equality in Washington in Late May

Local Faith Leader to Attend Human Rights Campaign Clergy Call with Religious Leaders From Across the United States in Washington, DC, May 22-24 www.hrc.org/ClergyCall

[Lynchburg,VA] –  Religion and gay rights—what is the future?  The Rev. Audrey Connor from Lynchburg, VA is going to have her say as she heads to Washington DC at the end of this month to be part of the Clergy Call for Justice and Equality convened by The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.  The Clergy Call, May 23-24, 2011, is a biennial event to mobilize clergy from across the country to speak up on matters of LGBT equality with members of Congress.

Connor is the Family Life Minister of First Christian Church and will join over 300 religious leaders from all 50 states and representing more than 25 denominations and faith traditions in the nation’s capital. Compelled by their faith to support full equality for LGBT people and families, these faith leaders will focus on legislation that addresses employment non-discrimination and protection from bullying and harassment.

“I really believe that we, as faith community, are called to practice hospitality of the Gospel to all people – especially those who are same gender loving.  I go as a witness of the love God through Christ and I humbly join my heart and hands with others stretching for justice for all across our country,” Connor said.

The theme for Clergy Call 2011, “Leadership for Justice in Complex Times,” reflects the vision and need for a faith-based movement in support of LGBT equality at this moment of great change in our country.  On May 22 and 23, clergy will engage in programming designed to strengthen their diverse voices and their reach as moral agents for justice.  In addition to this skill-based work, they will take part in a faith service the evening of May 23rd (open to the public), and a morning press conference on May 24th before lobbying their elected leaders.

Connor has worked for LGBT moral equality in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination as a member of the GLAD Alliance Council and the Open and Affirming Team, which is working to promote inclusion in every manifestation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Connor currently serves as Family Life Minister at First Christian Church in Lynchburg (www.fcclynchburg.org)

Contact: Audrey Connor
865 228 0599
Date: May 13,  2011