The Academy for racial JusticE
Thursday, October 18, 218
First United Methodist Church of Orlando
As LGBTQ and straight people of faith, how do we make our movement for LGBTQ affirmation and inclusion fully anti-oppressive? What is the biblical basis for racial justice? What does healing from internalized racism and internalized homophobia look like for me? How do I begin this journey or take my next steps in dismantling racism and working for equity within the LGBTQ movement?
Join us and QLatinx to examine these questions and more. Whether you are brand new to understanding structural racism or have been working to dismantle it for years, you will walk away equipped for your next steps in the movement. This daylong institute will be rooted in radical love and will include biblical teaching, time for self reflection, relationship building, and interactive activities designed to deepen our understanding of racism, and heterosexism and activate us in the work of equity and justice.
Meet Our Dynamic Facilitators:
Christopher J. Cuevas (they/them/theirs/ellx) is a lifelong peace practitioner, educator, and community organizer. Christopher has a long history of advocating for LGBTQ+, farmworker, and racial justice movements, each deeply interconnected to their own lived experience as a child of immigrants and queer person of color. Through their work with various community initiatives and organizations, Christopher has led community conversations on and facilitated community education campaigns specifically addressing structural racism, health equity, and LGBTQ+ issues. As the Executive Director of QLatinx, Christopher Cuevas provides vision, energy, and leadership in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization, working to advance the visibility of and empower the local LGBTQ+ Latinx community and create spaces that foster growth and healing.
Jason Fredlund (he/him/his) was born and raised in Connecticut and currently lives, loves, learns, works, and worships in Hartford. He is an alumnus of The Reformation Project’s 2018 Leadership Development Cohort. Jason holds a few different jobs all centering on the work of equity and social justice. As a Program Director with RE-Center Race & Equity in Education he facilitates anti-racism and anti-oppression training with folks involved in public education. He is on the Board of Directors for the Minority Inclusion Project and is a community organizer and activist. His background in experiential education and Christian theology informs his approach to educational equity and community transformation. Jason passionately believes that the world can be a better, and more just place. He is dedicated to the personal process of examining identity, challenging bias, understanding systems of oppression and creating opportunities to share power and privilege while inviting others into a similar process of transformation and change. He is a white, queer, progressive Christian committed to collective liberation who thinks that honesty, vulnerability, laughter, and human connection are the greatest gifts we have to offer the world.
Shae Washington (she/her/hers) identifies as a black, queer, woman who loves Jesus and is committed to building bridges and advancing social justice. Committed to loving God and others not just in word, but in action, Shae believes that authentic love recognizes the image of God in every person and works to break down systemic and individual barriers to freedom. Shae is a writer, speaker and artist who is passionate about creating and presenting work that will awaken needed change in our society. As an experienced facilitator Shae guides groups with care through issues of systemic oppression, structural racism, gender and sexuality. Shae is a proud alumna of The Reformation Project’s 2015 Leadership Development Cohort, and recently joined TRP’s staff as the Programs and Organizing Director, bringing with her over 10 years of non-profit programming experience, grassroots leadership development and anti-oppression work. Sad to be left out of the “M” trend, Shae is married to Melissa and they live in the Washington, DC area with their two cats, Miles and Marley.
QLatinx is a grassroots community-led racial, social, and gender justice organization dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of Orlando’s LGBTQ+ Latinx community. QLatinx is committed to building a supportive infrastructure, addressing inequity, promoting inclusionary practices for local queer and transgender Latinx leadership and partnering agencies, we seek to center and empower the most marginalized members of our community, establish affirming and supportive healing spaces, build a strong and united community, and work toward a society free of fear, violence and hate.
*Attendance is limited to 50 people*
** All ticket sales are final and non-refundable **