Faith-based group GIFT will use $55,000 grant to promote inclusion of gays in churches

Gays In Faith Together [GIFT] plans to use a $55,000 grant – from the Arcus Foundation – for GBLT outreach in West Michigan.

GIFT provides pastoral care, support groups for gay and lesbian youth and their family and friends, and educational seminars, including a workshop last year for gay couples on building healthy relationships.

Cara Oosterhouse, president of GIFT’s board, said the new campaign is geared toward helping local churches learn how they can be more inclusive of members of the GLBT community, their family and friends.

According to its website, GIFT sponsors programs for community members. The group also sponsors programs to help people ‘further along on their life journeys’; and programs for LGBTQ youth. GIFT promotes justice and understanding through education in the wider community.