By Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, Coordinator, The CLGS African American Roundtable & Bernard Schlager PhD, Executive Director, CLGS
We are writing to invite you to sign the Nashville 2.0 Statement, a document written in response to the Nashville Statement: A Coalition for Biblical Sexuality which was published in August 2017 by a group a conservative Christian clergy and lay leaders to condemn sexual orientations and gender expressions that are other than heterosexual or cisgender. As members of the staff of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS), we felt called to write the Nashville 2.0 Statement because we believe that a progressive Christian response to the original statement can serve to testify to the all-inclusive love of the Divine who calls us to value the wonderful diversity of all creation.
We invite people of all faith traditions to consider signing the statement as a sign of solidarity and support for this message of inclusion based in faith.
Please email Rev. Roland Stringfellow if you would like to add your name as a signer to the Nashville 2.0 Statement. Include your name (as you would like it to appear on the document) and whatever titles and organization affiliations you would like to follow your name.
Our goal is to have at least 50 people sign the statement by 22 March 2018 when the CLGS African American Roundtable opens its sixth Souls A' Fire Conference which will run from 22-25 March 2018 in in Nashville, Tennessee.