For Immediate Release:
Monday, June 18, 2007
HRC RELIGION AND FAITH DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 50TH ANNIVERSARY GENERAL SYNOD
Harry Knox Will Deliver Message on the Future of GLBT People in the Denomination
WASHINGTON - Harry Knox, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith Program, will be a lead speaker at the United Church of Christ 50th Anniversary General Synod. He will give this address during the Synod in the City festivities in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, June 23, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Knox will seek to offer a vision for a partnership between the UCC and the greater gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in a speech entitled "Remembering Who We Are: LGBT People and the United Church of Christ in 2057."
"I am deeply honored to have been chosen to address our community's future during the General Synod of the United Church of Christ," said Harry Knox, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith Program. "The United Church of Christ has courageously stood on the side of full inclusion of the LGBT community in their denomination and, yet again, they have shown their willingness to include our community in the future of their church."
"It is a tremendous opportunity for a member of our community to be able to address such an important meeting of religious leaders," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "Harry is a perfect choice to deliver a message of partnership between the United Church of Christ and the LGBT community."
The United Church of Christ's General Synod - up to 6,000 people - comes to the Hartford Civic Center June 22 through June 26. The 26th General Synod of the United Church of Christ will culminate the celebration of the denomination's 50th birthday. Highlights include Synod in the City, a day-long festival of worship, Bible study, workshops, lectures and concerts that will allow delegates and visitors to experience a day of events and worship around the city of Hartford. The events begins on Saturday morning with opening remarks from Harry Knox and other key speakers, then participants will fan out in the downtown area for a host of other events.
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Harry Knox joined the Human Rights Campaign as the director of the Religion and Faith Program in July 2005. Under his leadership, the Religion and Faith Program has been instrumental in upholding the rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, to worship freely and without discrimination. He has created a national network for 22 progressive state clergy coalitions around the country.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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