Thursday, October 9, 2014
Arcus Awards Grant to Alliance of Baptists to Support Inclusion and Racial Justice
The Alliance of Baptists announced Oct. 8 receipt of a $104,400 grant to support a new initiative promoting LGBT inclusion and racial justice among Baptists.
The grant from the Arcus Foundation, a charity that supports organizations that promote LGBT equality around the world, will fund the new “Congregational Compassion and Human Difference” initiative. Alliance member Cody Sanders said it will begin with short-term projects setting a course for larger long-term goals.
The program includes the training of 12 to 15 Alliance members to serve as consultants to congregations entering into a “process of dialogue and discernment” about accepting members regardless of sexual orientation or identity and two conferences to equip clergy and laity to begin and sustain dialogue on the issue in their own congregations....