Tuesday, October 20, 2020

About Us

The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) is a multi-denominational group of primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from across the globe. These churches range from ultra-conservative backgrounds to more liberal, independent churches; from startup, developing to very large, established churches and from churches that are economically challenged to the very affluent.

Purpose

To support religious leaders and laity in moving toward a theology of radical inclusivity, which by its very nature requires an equally radical social ministry reaching to the furthest margins of society to serve all in need without prejudice or discrimination.

Mission

To create, sustain and celebrate community on the margin by offering a space of radical hospitality, where the stranger can enter and become a friend.

What We Do

  • Develop safe spaces for personal authenticity and open, honest exchange
  • Assist in the adoption of a more inclusive theology
  • Create networks of collaborative support and practical guidance, preventing isolation and lossfor churches and leaders who are becoming more radically inclusive.

Bishop Yvette A Flunder

Mother of a Movement

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A native San Franciscan, Bishop Flunder is a third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. She was licensed in the COGIC and later ordained by the Bishop Walter Hawkins of Love Center Ministries where she served as Associate Pastor and administrator for the Oakland-based Love Center Church.

In June 2003 Bishop Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship a multi-denominational fellowship of more than 110 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing 56 churches and faith- based organizations from all parts of the United States Mexico and Africa. This fast-growing network is rooted in the message or radical inclusivity and the pratices of social justice and social services.

Bishop Flunder is a Trustee and Adjunct Professor at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley California. She is a board member of the National Sexuality Resource Center, and she is an active voice for the Religion Council of the Human Rights Campaign. She also serves as the Justice and Witness Board of Directors.

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