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Building Bridges Among LGBT, Progressive, Faith-Based, and Secular Communities (Grand Rapids)

June 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


As part of my work helping communities and organizations thrive by embracing diversity, I have been working on building bridges between progressive causes and faith-based communities. In this talk, we will examine trends in US religious affiliation and belief, as well as changes in attitudes towards the LGBTQIA+ rights, gender equality, and other traditionally progressive causes. As an increasingly visible part of the American landscape, atheist-identified and non-religious people face issues arising from societal lack of understanding about their beliefs and values. There are also intersections of identities and priorities among our communities, for instance due to the lower rates of religious affiliation in the LGBTQIA+ population. Opportunities to co-advocate and advance shared values together will be explored, as well as ways to increase understanding between our communities and causes.

Meetings are open to the Public and are held in the Auditorium on the lower level. Please use the door on the south side of the building on the lower level (by parking lot).

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Sports Bar, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

The Auditorium is wheelchair accessible via a lift immediately inside and to the left of the lower level door.

Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting Jennifer Beahan at jbeahan@centerforinquiry.net or 616-706-2029 at least three days prior to the event.

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About Mira Krishnan, PhD

Principal Consultant, Mira Krishnan LLC

Mira Krishnan is a consultant and neuropsychologist. Her firm specializes in supporting diverse populations and people with disabilities. She advocates on the state and national levels, and is a member of the Board of Equality Michigan. She received her PhD from the University of Florida.