Sabrina is a 2006 graduate of Eastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a 2011 graduate of Argosy University with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. She works full-time for Adams/Hanover Counseling Agency Inc. in Hanover, PA as a Clinical Supervisor in their Crisis Intervention and Emergency Services Department. As a bisexual woman, Sabrina is passionate about and committed to working for LGBTQAI equality. She volunteers with The CURVE, a Safe Space Group for LGBTQAI youth run through Planned Parenthood in York, PA and is actively working to start her own Safe Space Group in the Hanover, PA area. Additionally, she conducts Safety Zone Trainings through her job, reaching out to psychiatric hospitals; discussing the unique needs of LGBTQAI youth, teaching staff culturally competent ways to work with these youth, and helping both individual staff and the agency as a whole learn ways to become more welcoming and affirming. Sabrina believes strongly that in John 3:15, “that whoever believes in him may have eternal life,” the “whoever” Jesus spoke of was meant irregardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and should be the standard for the way in which all those who would call themselves followers of Christ should see each other. Sabrina can be reached at email@example.com
An open letter to Eastern University and the Justice Conference
By: Sabrina L. Valente, MA
In February, the Justice Conference will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Eastern University, my alma mater, is the local host for the conference. According to the Conference’s website “the vision of the conference is to reach tens of thousands of people over the next decade through an annual gathering that educates, inspires and connects a generation to a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This is motivated by the driving value of the conference, what Ken calls a theology of justice, that an understanding of God should compel love for others and engagement in justice.” The conference features speakers on a wide variety of topics from child trafficking to HIV/AIDS to poverty, always seeking to do right by those who are oppressed.
There’s just one problem. The Justice Conference completely ignores the very real need for justice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
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