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Reconciling Panel Discussion: The Rainbow Initiative and Displaced LGBTQ+ Persons

June 25, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Rainbow Initiative (2)

A Reconciling Panel Discussion on the Rainbow Initiative and LGBTQ+ displaced persons will take place at 3:30 pm ahead of the Knoxville Pride Mass service featuring panelists from Episcopal Migration Ministries, the State Department, Bridge Refugee Services, and others.

About Our Panelists

Bishop Brian Cole (moderator) – Click here for bio.

Stephanie Livigni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration of Human Services. With more than 18 years’ experience in Developmental Disabilities, she brings her skills in various capacities including staff development and training, quality assurance, and organizational leadership in both private and publicly funded programs to BRS at this crucial time of growth. During her tenure at The Gate, she grew participation in the day program by 28%, even while weathering pandemic closures and funding cuts.

Sinead Love is a lifelong Episcopalian, and has attended Good Samaritan since she was 4 years old. She has served as the youth minister for nearly 9 years, and oversees programming for youth group, youth formation and coordinates the annual mission trip. Sinead is very involved on a diocesan level, and has co-hosted Pride Mass since 2021. She has been a deputy to General Convention twice, and served on the committee for Social Justice and International Policy as the Assistant Secretary in 2022. During that time, she co-authored Resolution D045 which led to the creation of the Rainbow Initiative. She is currently a part of the Standing Commission on Formation and Ministry Development. Sinead holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling, with a certificate in Grief, Trauma and Loss from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Cameron McGlothlin (he/him) is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and joined the State Department’s Foreign Service in 2006, serving in Bangui, Central African Republic, and Madrid, Spain, as well as domestically in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and in the Executive Secretariat.  He joined the Office of Refugee Admissions in 2016, and has been the Policy Team Lead within that office since 2018.  He received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from the London School of Economics. He lives in Washington, DC, with his husband, son, two cats, and one dog.

Craig Mortley (on video recording) is a forced migration practitioner and emerging scholar who has worked with diverse refugee groups and LGBTQ+ asylum seekers who are receiving assistance from the Worcester, Massachusetts, LGBTQ Asylum Support Taskforce.  He is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Craig is interested in equity-centered practices, refugee narratives, and refugee representation in decision-making spaces. His research focuses on the ethics of representation of queer displaced peoples, refugee narratives, access to a continuum of care for displaced people beyond crisis assistance, the trauma and resilience of displaced people, transcultural social networks, and sense of belonging of forced migrants. 

Sarah Shipman’s combined experience in government administration, service to vulnerable populations, and commitment to faith led her to Episcopal Migration Ministries where she has served as the Director of Operations  since August 2022. Prior to joining EMM Sarah served most recently as Deputy Attorney General and also as Secretary of Administration for the State of Kansas.  She is also a second year student at Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.

Press credentials: Working members of the media who wish to attend and cover this event should email Bro. Andrew Aelred Morehead,, for more information. A press credential badge will be made available for you at the event and must be worn while on the campus of The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, Knoxville, on Sunday, June 25.


June 25, 2023
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Diocese of East Tennessee
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Good Samaritan, Knoxville
425 North Cedar Bluff Road
Knoxville, TN 37923 United States
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(865) 693-9591
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