Rev. Mykal Slack, M.Div. ’07

Editor’s note: Mykal Slack began his professional life as a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV/AIDS Rights projects and then served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. After discerning a call to ministry and graduating from Union, he served in various ministerial posts in the Metropolitan Community Churches and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations before becoming in 2016 the co-director of North Carolina’s Freedom Center for Social Justice.
What do you do?
My ministry and calling is to nurture spaces where people can connect in ways that heal and not harm, talk about and re-imagine church life that truly honors and celebrates our differences, and make sustainable changes that are an outgrowth of spiritual practice, deep listening, and active engagement in community. I have had the pleasure over many years of living out that calling as a speaker, trainer, worship leader, community minister, and congregational life coordinator in various contexts.
Currently, I’m a co-director of the Freedom Center for Social Justice, a Southern-based national organization that supports and leads LGBTQ advocacy from within the church and outside it. I lead our Trans programming, which includes supporting a year-long Trans Seminarian Cohort brought together by the Freedom Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the Pacific School of Religion, and organizing a summer retreat for Trans and gender non-conforming people of faith. We also help clergy, business owners, and educators reach a deeper understanding of what it truly

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