About: Michael Schuenemeyer

The Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer is Executive of the Office for Health and Wholeness Advocacy of Wider Church Ministries in the national offices of the United Church of Christ (UCC), as well as, Executive Director of UCAN Inc, the United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network. Rev. Schuenemeyer provides leadership in U.S. and globally on HIV & AIDS and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns. Mike also trains facilitators of the UCC’s sexuality education curriculum, Our Whole Lives. He was an Executive Producer on the film, Call Me Malcolm, about a transgender person’s journey to ordination in the UCC. He produced and anchored the UCCs DVD on marriage equality, Sacred Covenants, Faithful Conversations. Mike is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Equality Ohio Education Fund. With more than 25 years of involvement in HIV response, Mike has been a strong advocate for faith-based collaborations. Mike is a member of the HIV Strategy Group of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (based in Geneva Switzerland) and the National Faith in Action HIV & AIDS Coalition - USA. He published the online version of the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) comprehensive HIV prevention curriculum, Affirming Persons, Saving Lives” and produced educational videos such as, Courage to Hope, Responding to AIDS in Rural China. Mike was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1984. A native of Missouri, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.

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