New Regional Organizers to train coaches to transform churches
Rev. Israel I. Alvaran has been hired as regional organizer for the Western Jurisdiction. Izzy is an ordained Elder in the Philippines Annual Conference of The UMC. A long-time activist, Israel worked as Person-in-Mission of the UMC General Board of Global Ministries for the Manila Episcopal Area, focusing on advocacy for low-wage workers. For a number of years, he was a community outreach organizer for UNITE HERE Local 2 (the hotel workers union) and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California. He served as national organizer for economic justice with the UMC General Board of Church and Society. Israel lives in San Francisco, CA and is immersed in the life of his community. When not in the thick of rallies and picket lines, Israel loves to cook and bake for friends, and spends quality time with his adorable dog Waui Kush.
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza has been hired as the regional organizer for the North Central Jurisdiction. She is a Mexican-American and Texas native. She is currently residing in Denver, Colorado finishing a PhD in Religion & Social Change with a specific focus on the materiality of bodies, committed to the emerging work in race and sexuality. Passionate about issues of justice, radical hospitality, and inclusion, Robyn has contributed to the anti-violence movement in Chicago, IL, the immigrant rights and the larger immigration movement in Denver, and LGBT issues nation-wide in academic, religious, and non-profit settings. A born-again vegetarian, Robyn celebrates life with her friend and spouse, Stephanie, along with their two dogs and three cats! When Robyn is not reading or writing, Robyn is enjoying the incredible food and drink culture of Colorado!
Welcome Toolkit 2.0!Also, the Institute for Welcoming Resources has release
As you consider how best to help your congregation or organization become welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and families, we highly recommend that you create a strategic, well-thought welcoming process. In order to create a good welcoming process, we recommend the following resources: Building an Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit.