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Make a difference with and for those who have been sexually marginalized or abused

This section seeks to help churches make a real difference in the lives of people who are LGBT who have been marginalized, victimized, or neglected. As this section develops, it will include not only resources but also recommended partnerships and initiatives in which your church could engage.

I. Featured

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Sexual Harassment: Response and Prevention
By The Evangelical Covenant Church

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to community where women and men work together in a “blessed alliance,” seeking to bring the Gospel to a broken and struggling world. When people in our communities find the courage and the space to speak up about harassment, trauma, and abuse, our churches can be just the safe sanctuary needed to have helpful, honest conversation that works to raise awareness, incite healing, and lament brokenness. Toward that end, the following resource is offered as a starting point for congregations and their leaders.

Read the Evangelical Covenant Church’s statement on harassment: Download PDF

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Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been
By Jackie Hill Perry

In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She embraced masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could? At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians. God broke in and turned her heart toward Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel.

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Finding Common Ground on LGBTQ+ Ministry
By Randall Wilkins with contributions from Make and Deepen Disciples and a feedback team

Rooted in the values expressed in our six Covenant affirmations, the Evangelical Covenant Church has historically sought to find common ground on areas where many Christians have been divided. In light of this heritage, a diverse group of Covenanters (initially spearheaded by Pastor Randall Wilkens) developed a list of suggested ways in which we might find common ground in our ministry with and to LGBTQ+ people. This document is not meant to be an “official” statement or resolution of the ECC, but we do believe it can serve as a starting point for conversations on how we can all tangibly excel in love for LGBTQ+ people.

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AVA Online
By The Evangelical Covenant Church

This is a self-paced tutorial on abuse for clergy, spiritual leaders and teachers. It was created by AVA (Advocacy for Victims of Abuse), a ministry of Women Ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The purpose of this tutorial is to provide leaders with needed information on issues of domestic violence (also referred to as family violence) and childhood sexual assault. Given the prevalence of abuse, all faith leaders need basic knowledge about these two types of violence. This format permits you to gain this information at your convenience and at no cost to you.


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Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA)
By The Evangelical Covenant Church

The Evangelical Covenant Church addresses sexual assault and its related concern, domestic violence, through the Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) initiative. As a church we acknowledge the reality of brokenness and sin in the world as well as the power of the community to heal brokenness through Jesus Christ. AVA informs, educates, and raises awareness in our congregations and communities.


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A Brief History of LGBT+ Victimization
By Lead them Home

This resource produced by Lead them Home helps us develop a missional posture—and understand the depth of need for justice actions—by gaining a working understanding of the history of LGBT+ people and their victimization.

Learn more by going to https://www.leadthemhome.org/justice

II. Partnerships

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Give Shelter - A Lead them Home Justice Initiative
By Lead them Home

Since fall 2017, Lead Them Home has been building a database of shelters around the nation that serve LGBT+ homeless youth with excellence. This initiative seeks to mobilize the church to build “justice bridges” from local churches to local LGBT+ shelter and drop-in centers.

Local churches throughout the U.S. can connect with local shelters in tangible ways, including donating winter wear, sponsoring teens for holiday gifts, and funding education and job skills training to help LGBT+ youth realize independent living.

Learn more about this initiative and others by going to https://www.leadthemhome.org/justice

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