Conference Reconciliation Committee Promotes Clergy Call to Capitol Hill

January 30, 2009

The Reconciliation Committee of the California-Nevada Annual Conference urges participation in the Human Rights Campaign's Clergy Call to Capitol Hill, May 4-5. The theme, "Moving From Acceptance to Advocacy," will address, in particular, "the need for a transgender inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act."

 

Text of the letter from the committee follows:

 

January 2009

 

Human Rights Campaign                                                                        
Clergy Call to Capitol Hill, May 4-5, 2009

 

Dear Clergy of the California-Nevada Annual Conference:

 

In 2007, 230 inter-faith clergy persons traveled to Washington, D.C. to impress on members of Congress the need for human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Harry Knox, Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, states, "It rocked senators and representatives and their staffs back on their heels to see clergy coming to the Hill to talk about LGBT people in their congregations and their needs for these very basic civil protections and rights."

 

While we've certainly made progress, the work isn't finished. So The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has issued an invitation for Clergy Call 2009. It will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 4-5, 2009 in Washington, D.C. On May 4 there will be opportunities for panel discussions, break-out discussions, and interfaith worship. On May 5 there will be some training with the HRC political team, a press conference and rally in the Senate "swamp," and then the opportunity to meet with legislators to discuss justice issues in the GLBTQ community. 

 

The theme for 2009 will be "Moving from Acceptance to Advocacy." It will particularly address the need for a transgender inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. HRC compromised on the bill before Congress, removing transgender persons at the suggestion of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) and others, so that the legislation would receive the necessary number of votes to pass. This compromise has resulted in a great deal of pain in the LGBT community.

 

Your Conference Committee on Reconciliation is urging clergy to participate in Clergy Call 2009.

 

If you are interested in going to Clergy Call 2009 please do the following:

 

1.) Visit the HRC website page (www.hrc.org/issues/religion9194.htm) for further details, a registration form, and accommodation options. Also, please check out the video invitation at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkOFJh0EuDg.

 

2.) Send an e-mail to Bruce Pettit at brudunpet@mac.com and let him know you plan to attend. We are hoping several clergy members from CA-NV Annual Conference will participate. We need you!

 

If you have any questions please contact Rev. Kimberly Willis at (707) 542-2569 or revdockiwi@sbcglobal.net.

 

HRC says "Religious voices stand at the vanguard of our movement for equality." We hope you will let your voice be heard and attend "Clergy Call 2009!"

 

 

Rev. Kimberly Willis                                         Bruce Pettit

Chair, Conference Committee on                       Member, Conference Reconciliation                                                Committee on Reconciliation