The worlds of sexuality and spirituality are often like oil and water, but in an effort to bring the two together, Ross Murray created The Naming Project to develop safe spaces where youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities could learn and grow through the lens of faiths.
Launched in 2003, the Naming Project wants to continue its groundbreaking work for at least another decade, and has launched an Indiegogo campaign to garner funds.
What kind of work, you ask?
Started in 2004 at Bay Lake Camp, Minnesota, The Naming Project Summer Camp is open to any students grade 8-12 who is interested in discussing sexuality and gender in terms of their own spiritual journey.
While the camp comes from a Christian perspective, but organizers say the program “attempts to walk with youth wherever their faith may be at a particular time.”
Six to eight volunteers manage the camp each summer.
“After being made fun of on a daily basis in high school and frequently going to the principal’s office crying, the time I spent with The Naming Project helped me realize that I was not alone, ” says one camper. “They definitely helped me realize it was okay to be myself.”
Donations go toward transporting campers to and from Minneapolis, renting the campsite, purchasing supplies and providing scholarships to kids from low-income families.
Launched June 1, the campaign has earned almost $4,000 of its $10,000 goal. But it ends on July 20, so don’t put off donating. Make a contribution to the Naming Project here.
Below, watch a preview of a feature on the Naming Project Camp from Our America with Lisa Ling.
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