We are congregations and clergypersons in covenant with one another. Together, we:
- Demonstrate support for IFC’s mission in the preaching, online presence, and public witness of the congregation or clergyperson; and by the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons at every level of the congregation’s life together.
- Share information with each other around public policy issues that affect the lives and dignity of LGBTQ+ persons, and participate in recommended actions around those public policy issues.
- Host, co-host, or support a public, congregation-wide educational event around LGBTQ+ inclusion at least annually.
We do this through:
- Public Faith Declarations: We unify and amplify voices of inclusive faith to assert that LGBTQ+ persons are created imago Dei, or B’Zelem Eloheem, in the image of God.
- Public Policy Advocacy: We advocate for and alongside LGBTQ+ persons for justice and dignity in public policy at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Personal Transformation: We seek to transform human hearts in each of our faith traditions to mirror and honor the love of our inclusive God.
The IFC was formed by a group of clergy friends in 2017. Here’s the press release we wrote to introduce ourselves. A sampling of what we have been up to since includes:
- Testifying before the Texas Senate committee
- Holding a successful fundraiser and happy hour at Legal Draft Brew House
- Hosting a workshop on “Be Your Own Body Guard: Free Self Defense for LGBTQ+ Persons”
- Hosting “How to Be an Ally to LGBTQ Christians” panel