Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Press Release: LGBT religious leaders speak out through photography exhibition

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

For Media Inquiries, contact:
Megan Flowers, Communications Director
[office: 217-337-1500 cell: 251-209-2615, email: 

We Have Faith
LGBT Religious Leaders Speak Out 
Through Nationally Touring Photography-Text Exhibit

Who: Organized by the Family Diversity Project, the University Y’s Art@theY program hosts We Have Faith. Sponsored by: C/U PFLAG, Channing-Murray Foundation, Chapel of Saint John the Divine, Diversity Education, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Saint Andrew's Church and Lutheran Campus Center, Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Sinai Temple, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, UCC Campus Ministry, University YMCA, UniPlace Christian Church, Wesley United Methodist Church 

What: We Have Faith! explores the experiences of LGBTQ clergy and religious leaders from many traditions and denominations including Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others. They unite their personal stories and histories with their commitment to peace, justice and civil rights through their work in religious establishments of all kinds.

When: Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm

Where: Murphy Gallery | University YMCA | 1001 S. Wright Street | Champaign, IL 61820

Why: We Have Faith offers an authentic, faith-based witness for full equality and inclusion of LGBTQ people in light of gay rights controversies and policies and practices that the University YMCA finds oppressive and dehumanizing. 

Details: Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers - Free after 5pm, Parking garage on 6th & John -Free after 5pm, Street parking on Wright, Chalmers, & 6th Streets for 75¢ per hour, Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour

Additional Information: Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.


About Murphy Gallery: You may not think of a YMCA as the first place you’d go to view an art exhibit, particularly one showcasing a unique variety of work from people who are just starting out, established, or feel compelled to use art to speak out about and engage people in growing concerns of our communities.  Murphy Gallery is a space that not only reflects the work of the University Y towards social justice, environmental protection, interfaith advocacy, and global engagement, but also encourages informed action.

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