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Five tips for social action

Mel White is the national minister of justice for the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the only Christian denomination with a primary outreach to gays and lesbians. For 30 years, Dr. White served the evangelical Christian community as a pastor, seminary professor, best-selling author, prize-winning filmmaker, communications consultant, and ghostwriter to some of its most famous and powerful leaders, including Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Dr. James Kennedy, Ollie North, and Pat Robertson. In 1993 he was installed as dean of the Cathedral of Hope Metropolitan Community Church in Dallas, Texas. With 14,000 congregants, it is the nation's largest gay and lesbian congregation. Dr. White is the author of Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America.

Dr. White delivered the closing address at the "Spotlight on the Right Conference," sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Religious Right and the MultiCultural Collaborative held at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on November 21, 1995. These five tips for social action are excerpted from his remarks.

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