Nationally known faith leader and social activist Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder will explore race, sexuality, religion and politics in her lecture, "Re-colonizing: Using the Fight for Gay Rights to Divide the Black Community," on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 PM in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall, on UNC Charlotte’s main campus.
Best known as the founder of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, a thriving inner-city congregation in San Francisco, Bishop Flunder is the featured speaker for the 2013 OUTSpoken Speaker Series. This annual event was created to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues, and it aims to positively influence the campus climate to make it a more accepting and affirming place for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and community.
"Given Bishop Flunder’s strong ties to Charlotte and her national - even international - reputation as an engaging speaker and tireless advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society, she was a natural choice when we were looking for an OUTSpoken speaker who could help the community think about religion and sexuality in new ways,” said Kent Brintnall, associate professor of religious studies and UNC Charlotte faculty representative for OUTSpoken.
Sharing a message of social engagement and action, Flunder established the Ark of Refuge, a non-profit which provides housing, direct services, education and training for those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area, throughout the United States, and in three countries in Africa. The Ark operates several residential and direct-care facilities for people with HIV/AIDS. It also provides substance abuse intervention programs, transitional housing for homeless youth, mentorship programs and a computer lab for community youth.
Flunder’s lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception and book signing. Audience members will need to pay for parking; information is available online.