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9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

The past year has posed significant challenges for many LGBTQ members of faith communities. For example, a recent vote in the United Methodist Church strengthened its ban on marriage for same-sex couples and LGBTQ clergy, leaving many LGBTQ United Methodists feeling discouraged and isolated. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is actively stripping away nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The administration often justifies these actions under the flimsy guise of religious liberty, arguing that religious traditions are a valid excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, further erasing the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith.

Source: 9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

Comedian Noam Shuster-Eliassi challenges Middle East politics

On a recent Wednesday, Noam Shuster-Eliassi strolled around the tiny village in Israel where she grew up, Neve Shalom or “Oasis of Peace,” wishing goodbye to her neighbors. The Israeli comedian was heading to Harvard University in just a few days for a fellowship at the Divinity School. There, she will be writing an hourlong comedy show in Hebrew, English and Arabic. She is calling it, “Coexistence My Ass.”

Source: Comedian Noam Shuster-Eliassi challenges Middle East politics

CSC tackles interfaith dialogue through new faith development training // The Observer

The Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns (CSC) plans to tackle diverse dialogue head-on, offering a brand-new interfaith leadership program aimed at providing training to students interested in faith development and religious cooperation. The initiative, called Better Together ND, aims to bring students from the tri-campus community together from all types of faith backgrounds, including

Source: CSC tackles interfaith dialogue through new faith development training // The Observer