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Faith Leaders Summit

In many faith communities, abortion, contraception, and queer sexuality are polarized and politicized. Yet, at the heart of these debates are real lives caught at the intersection of toxic theology and harmful policies.

It’s time to shift the conversation and engage in compassionate teaching and advocacy. Join this unique interfaith conference to learn not only how to change hearts and minds, but also how to put your faith into action to support LGBTQ communities and Reproductive Freedom.

Registration is required for this event.

Event Details

May 24 and 25
Holiday Inn Columbus
Downtown - Capitol Square
175 E. Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215


This summit is for faith leaders of all traditions and stakeholders within faith communities. Workshops will examine ways to utilize faith as the foundation of powerful advocacy and whole-person care. During this time, participants will have the opportunity to gain and practice skills to support those navigating reproductive life decisions and the LGBTQ community.

Meals will be provided. All workshops will take place at the hotel. Accomodations are available to attendees at $109 per night. To make a reservation please visit the link here, or call 614-221-3281 and ask for reservations. The group code is PPH.

Transportation and lodging scholarships are available. The deadline for requesting a travel or lodging scholarship is Thursday, May 10, 2018. Please indicate your need on the registration form or email [email protected]


Thursday, May 24   Friday, May 25  
12:00 p.m. Check-In 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Plenary
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Plenary 10:00 a.m. Breakout Session
2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 12:00 p.m. Working Lunch/Practicum
3:45 p.m. Breakout Session 2:00 p.m. Closing Gathering
5:00 p.m. Dinner/Legislative Update 6:30 p.m. Evening Service*
6:30 p.m. Breakout Session    
8:30 p.m. Reception    

*Evening Service

In addition to the summit, we are thrilled to announce there will be an evening worship service, on May 25 featuring Bishop Yvette Flunder as the guest preacher. This service will begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place at St. John's United Church of Columbus (59 E. Mound St.). It is open to the general public and no registration for this portion of the summit is required.

We are excited to share the following guest speakers who will lead powerful discussions during the summit:

Bishop Yvette Flunder

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, a San Francisco native, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years. This call to “blend proclamation, worship, service and advocacy on behalf of those most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in 1991. In 2003, Rev. Dr. Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity. Rev. Dr. Flunder is on the Board of Starr King School for the Ministry and DEMOS and has taught at many theological schools. She is a graduate of the Certificate of Ministry and Master of Arts programs at PSR, and received her Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is also an award winning gospel music artist and author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic and Radical Inclusion.

Dr. Monique Moultrie

Dr. Monique Moultrie is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. She earned degrees from Vanderbilt University, Harvard Divinity School, and Duke University. 

Outside of the university, Dr. Moultrie was a consultant for the National Institutes of Health and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender-Religious Archives Network. She is a Content Development working group member for Columbia University’s Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’s Scholars Group, a group of religious scholars collaborating at the intersection of religion and reproductive justice. Within the larger American Academy of Religion guild, Dr. Moultrie is the Status of Women in the Profession Chair and a former co-chair of the Religion and Sexuality unit. Personally, she enjoys traveling and lives between Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN with her partner Rev. Eugene Se’Bree and step-daughter Chandler Davis.

Elaina Ramsey

Elaina Ramsey serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. With a decade of advocacy, grassroots organizing, and communications experience, Elaina loves listening to people’s stories and engaging communities for social change. She has worked for various nonprofits and campaigns at the intersection of faith and politics — including Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, Women’s Action for New Directions, and Obama for America. She received her bachelor’s from Capital University and holds master's degrees in both Theological Studies (Wesley Theological Seminary) and International Peace & Conflict Resolution (American University).

Alex Shanks

Rachel’s husband. Ella Marie’s papa. Thinker. Woodworker. Story teller. Servant leader. Spiritual seeker. Transman. Alex has served in local United Methodist churches, the West Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, as a nationally renowned spoken word poet, and as a faith organizer for Why Marriage Matters Ohio (a campaign to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples). Alex is currently serving as Project and Field Director for Equality Ohio where he authored a faith training series called “Becoming Faithfully Inclusive,” and as co-host for the podcast We Are Compatible.

Dr. Susan Smith

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, the Yale Divinity School, where she earned her M.Div, and United Theological Seminary, where she studied under the late Rev. Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor and the Rev. Dr. Charles Booth. She was pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio, for 22 years, but has now started a non-profit, Crazy Faith Ministries, dedicated to work on social justice issues. She recently worked with the SpiritHouse Project, under the direction of Ruby Sales, studying the incidence of extrajudicial murders involving black people and law enforcement agencies since 2007, and served as the Gordon G. Cosby Seasoned Voices Fellow. A former member of the Board of Trustees of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc., Dr. Smith participated in and was head commissioner of hearings conducted to study the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on urban populations. While at Yale Divinity School, Dr. Smith earned the Wolcott Preaching Prize and in 2014 was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity.

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