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Dr. Keisha E. McKenzie joined Believe Out Loud as program director in 2016 after two years of service as a strategist and communications/development consultant. Originally from the UK, Keisha studied in Jamaica, completed graduate degrees in technical communication and rhetoric, and owns McKenzie Consulting Group, a communication, systems-level strategy, and social good firm. Keisha has served on the board of Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International and the Leadership Council of Intersections International, and is a founding member of the #AJustFaith coalition. Now based in New York and Maryland, Keisha participates in Adventist congregations and appears in the how-to-dialogue film on faith, gender, and sexuality, Enough Room at the Table. Keisha believes that all people have inherent worth and dignity, that we deserve a world where all of us can flourish, and that people of faith need to be first in line to help make that world real.

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Nov 21, 2017

Please share your good wishes with our departing director Keisha McKenzie in the comments below! We will keep you updated on Believe Out Loud's staff structure as we continue an organization-wide strategic planning process under the leadership of Intersections International's executive director, Rev. Julie Johnson Staples. As always, we are grateful for your presence in our community!

Nov 07, 2016

Over the last several days, the Believe Out Loud team has been posting, writing, emailing, and tweeting to encourage community members to share why, as LGBTQI-affirming people of faith, we all vote, march, disrupt, lobby, write letters, protest, or use other tools to press for justice in public life.

We’ve invited LGBTQI-affirming people of faith to mobilize for justice, and we’ve used the hashtags #ChristiansVote and #FaithfulVoters to do it.

Nov 03, 2016

I went to my first street vigil in the United States just over two years ago in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sep 29, 2016

I grew up in the UK during the era of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister. Thatcher’s ideal England was as traditional as the Adventist churches I attended every Saturday, and their shared social philosophy was our water and air.

One of Thatcher’s legacies was a local government rule called Section 28, which banned schools and local governments from discussing non-heterosexualities.

This all but forced teachers to teach as if only heterosexual people existed.

Feb 17, 2016

When the 2015 Urbana Missions Conference tackled race head-on last December, it seemed that the evangelical Christian community could finally say "Black Lives Matter" without hedging. Some dug through Urbana's archives to find one of evangelicalism's best preachers breaking down the American church's history with systemic injustice and making the case for people of faith to stand up, speak up, and act up.

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