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July 20, 2005
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EMU hosts LGBT interfaith gathering Aug. 6-7

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will host the second annual Together in Faith Conference Aug. 6-7 at McKenny Union. Some 500 people are expected to attend the two-day conference that kicks off with a free reception Aug. 5, 7-9 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ypsilanti.

"Last year's groundbreaking event received overwhelming praise from participants, speakers sponsors and the community," said Amanda Sharrai, program associate of the American Friends Service Committee, which is an event sponsor.

Registration d eadline for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference is Aug. 1, 2005. Each day is $75. For additional information, contact Sharrai at 734.761.8283, ext. 3, or go to www.togetherinfaith.com .

The conference will offer workshops, music, films and presentations promoting LGBT-affirming topics by speakers such as Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder and editor of Tikkun, a Jewish magazine focusing on interfaith movements. He will discuss "American Politics Needs a Spiritual Transformation - and Fast!"

Other speakers include the Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United, Kay Whitlock of American Friends Service Committee LGBT program and the Rev. Meg Riley of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

"We're thrilled to have this event at Eastern. It means that EMU is an inclusive and welcoming place," said Glenna Frank Miller, director of EMU McKenny Union and Campus Life.

"Hosting the conference sends a message to the community that EMU values diversity and is an LGBT-friendly and safe place," said Kate Brindle, EMU interim coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center.

In addition to the American Friends Service Committee, other sponsors are Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Amnesty International and Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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