Queer Justice Advocate Joins Staff as Part of Innovative New Collaboration

Queer Justice Advocate Joins Staff as Part of Innovative New Collaboration

Michael Streib 
Michael Streib will come aboard as the Queer Justice Advocate on September 25, 2022. He graduated in May with a Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree from Yale Divinity School.

Michael will work 10 hours per week (1/4 time) at the Southern New England Conference as the Queer Justice Advocate, and will be part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team. He also will work 30 hours per week (3/4 time) at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Somerville, MA, where he will serve as the Pastoral Resident. He can be contacted at Streibm@sneucc.org.

Michael was hired as the result of an innovative new collaboration between the Conference and First Church Somerville that provides a full-time first call opportunity for an LGBT or queer-identified person who has fulfilled many of the requirements of Members in Discernment and is - or expects soon to be - approved for ordination pending call. The two-year program is jointly funded and administered by the Conference and the congregation.

At the Conference, Michael will engage and support local congregations in creating greater inclusion and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people within the various settings of the church and community. At the church, Michael will serve as a member of the pastoral ministry team, with a focus on faith formation, volunteer support, justice and community outreach. 

"I am excited to be the new Queer Justice Advocate and Pastoral Resident because I am looking forward to living out my passion for queer ministry, to support congregations throughout the conference in deepening their understanding and commitment to queer justice, and to also be a guide to congregations that are just embarking on this journey," Michael said. "I hope that my work can support people in their strive to make the UCC truly a sacred space of and for everyone - in terms of queerness but also beyond."

Michael will report to Rev. James D. Ross II, Minister for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

"We are delighted that Michael is joining the staff and look forward to the work we will do together," said Rev. James D. Ross II, Minister for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. "I also am excited about what we will learn from this creative new collaboration. I believe we are demonstrating one model for how conferences and local congregations can partner to simultaneously address staffing needs and expand social justice."
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