Membership Application

Organizations and individuals applying for Membership must agree that they have read and are in agreement with the Statements of Mission, Purpose and Inclusion of IFCMD (available for review and the bottom of this page).  Submission of a membership application applies concurrence with this requirement.


We welcome your membership in IFCMD. Our membership year is July 1 through June 30.  Annual dues are $25.00 for each organization or individual.  Dues may be paid by check by mail - see Contacts or by Paypal by clicking here: 


 

Membership commences upon:

  • Acceptance of an application by the IFCMD Executive Board; and
  • Payment of annual dues.

An electronic copy of the IFCMD Bylaws will be forwarded upon request.  We also invite you to join our list serve information group by clicking here.


Please note that Organizational members are required to provide contact information for a primary and seconday contact person.


Please provide all requested information below.  For questions, please email communications@ifcmd.org.

Mission Statement

 

 

The Interfaith Fairness Coalition of Maryland (IFCMD) is an inclusive coalition of organizations, associations, and LGBTQIA individuals and their allies, open to all faith and spiritual paths, traditions and communities. 

 

IFCMD is dedicated to nurturing and educating individuals and communities to support them in their journeys toward full inclusion of LGBTQIA people at all levels of all spiritual and faith communities and of broader society.


Statement of Purpose

The purpose of IFCMD shall be:
  •  To increase the number of congregations, parishes, churches, temples and other religious bodies and organizations in Maryland which are consciously inclusive in their membership and leadership of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.
  • To, having increased the support of inclusiveness in congregations, parishes, churches, temples and other religious bodies and organizations in Maryland, move higher level church organizations and governing bodies to accept inclusive congregations and to approve, the calling, ordaining, and installing of clergy without regard to sexual orientation.
  • To encourage those congregations and governing bodies to support the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adult persons in all aspects of civil society.
  • To foster interfaith understanding through dialogue and study of faith histories to ensure direct knowledge through experience of actual practitioners rather than third-party references.

 

Statement of Inclusion


The IFCMD shall:

  • Be an inclusive group welcoming those who agree to support its mission and purpose;
  • Not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, handicapping condition, creed, age, gender, marital status, national origin/ancestry, or sexual orientation.
  • Maintain policies ensuring that every effort is made to create staff, membership, Committee and Program compositions reflective of this stance.

As we are an interfaith organization, no single faith tradition should be held up as the sole arbiter of religious life. Instead we should foster a welcoming and diverse approach, encouraging genuine dialogue about religious perspectives concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and exploring people, working to ensure that understanding is kept in mind.

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