Rev. Mykal O'Neal Slack is a speaker, trainer, worship leader, community minister and congregational life coordinator in Unitarian Universalist, Metropolitan Community Churches, and interfaith settings. He has a ministry and calling to nurture spaces where people can connect in ways that heal, not harm, talk about and re-imagine church life that truly honors our differences, and make sustainable changes that are an outgrowth of spiritual practice, deep listening, and active engagement in community.
Mykal recently became the first Co-Director of the Freedom Center for Social Justice, a Southern-based, national organization working at the intersections of race, sexual orientation, gender and faith to effect culture shift in workplaces, communities of faith and schools. He has served as the founder and director of 4LYFE, an ecumenical, consulting ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches that develops anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks for church life and provides pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues in spiritual communities of all kinds. He also served the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh as their first Director of Congregational Life, where his focus was on newcomer welcome, membership, community-building and communications. For his commitment to multicultural culture-building in communities of faith, Mykal was selected as both a Beatitudes Society Fellow and a Movement Fellow for the Southeast House of Soulforce for 2015-2016.
Mykal received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta and a law degree from the City University of New York School of Law. After law practice that included a federal clerkship, insurance defense and LGBT civil rights litigation, Mykal discerned a call to ministry and went on to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.
Mykal currently sits on the Content Development Working Group of the Center for African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice and serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for the LGBTQ Center of Durham.