The Spirit of Umoja
Rev. Roland Stringfellow -- January 1, 2012
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Rev. Roland Stringfellow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Indiana University. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary and in 1990 became a licensed minister in the Baptist Church. In 2005, Roland was ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church and in 2006 he earned his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion with a certificate in Religion and Sexuality. He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California. In addition to all his work within church contexts, Roland also worked in the field education in a variety of capacities – teacher, guidance counselor, college advisor, and vice-principal.
?In 2010, Roland directed a national African-American faith community outreach (the "Umoja Project") working with pastors and lay leaders in the Black church to provide pastoral care for gay and lesbian members of their congregations. In 2011, Rev. Stringfellow was honored tone elected with the most number of votes to become a Grand Marshal in the San Francisco Pride Parade. In 2012, he expanded his outreach by having several articles published in the Huffington Post.
Rev. Stringfellow has been consulted by media outlets regarding his work on marriage equality and the role of people of color and communities of faith in this local, state, and national debate. He has conducted multiple workshops on the topics of race, religion, class, sexuality, and gender identity. Rev. Stringfellow is continuing his education by working on a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on challenging state sponsored Religious Freedom legislations that cause harm to LGBT individuals and families.
Currently Rev. Stringfellow is continuing his work in creating dialogs on the topic of LGBT equality with church congregations and in religious institutions in his role as the Coordinator of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations in the Bay Area of California with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Sexuality on the campus of Pacific School of Religion and serves as pastor for the Detroit Metropolitan Community Church.
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