Online Inclusive Gathering with guest Ross Murray

April 18, 2021
04:00 pm - 06:30 pm


April 18


04:00 pm - 06:30 pm

On Sunday, 18th April we’re thrilled to welcome (all the way from New York City via the interwebs) our special guest Ross Murray, LGBTQ+ youth advocate, activist and author. This week, Ross is publishing a new book called Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ Inclusive Youth Ministry. Read more about Ross below.

This is part of our new series looking at the practice of inclusion and what it does/ can look like in a variety of areas of life and faith. The clue is in the name, but we see inclusion as a core part of our spirituality and our justice-seeking as a community.

We’re excited to learn and dream with Ross Murray as he joins us for a live Q&A on Zoom at 5:15.

You will need to be logged into a Zoom account with a public account name in order to access this Zoom.

Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635
Passcode: 123674

About Ross Murray …

Ross Murray (NYC) is the founding director of The Naming Project, a faith-based youth ministry and summer camp for LGBTQ youth and their allies. He has worked with youth and families in a variety of settings, and presented LGBTQ youth ministry around the world.

In his day job, Ross is the Senior Director of Education & Training at the GLAAD Media Institute, providing activist, spokesperson, and media engagement training and education for the LGBTQ community members, corporations, the media industry and advocacy organizations desiring to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Ross has secured national media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBTQ equality across diverse communities in America, with a speciality in the relationship between religion and LGBTQ people.

Ross is a consecrated Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with a specific calling to advocate for LGBTQ people and to bridge the LGBTQ and faith communities. He is a producer for the “Yass, Jesus!” podcast, a faith and sexuality affirming podcast that believes you don’t have to pick between gay and God. In 2014, he was named one of Mashable’s “10 LGBT-Rights Activists to Follow on Twitter.”

Ross’ projects include:

Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry, is available for pre-order now here (and via Amazong)

The Naming Project: A faith-filled camp for LGBTQ Christians to explore faith, identity and community.

Yass, Jesus! is a faith and sexuality affirming podcast that believes you don’t have to pick between gay and God. Hosts, Daniel Franzese and Azariah Southworth meet each week in this hilarious take on a Sunday service to explore big questions and find out what it means to be a Christ-loving member of the LGBTQIA+ community during these divided times.


About Inclusive Gathering Birmingham …

Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a diverse church gathered together by a common dream: to become a truly inclusive faith community, where doubt and difference are a welcome part of our journey together toward Jesus. We believe that the way of Jesus leads us to the wild, radical idea that true spiritual community can be formed based on who is INCLUDED, not by who is EXCLUDED. We are a learning community, constantly growing and changing to live out this vision in new and expanding ways.

When we say “inclusion”, we mean much more than mere tolerance or welcome. We believe God wants us all to know that we actually belong. That means people of every race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and background, HIV status, ability and disability, theological and political conviction are loved, invited, and fully included. Read more about what makes us tick at or send an email to to ask questions or chat.