Completing 16 years of leadership of the Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC), Rev. Tara Wilkins is a courageous social justice warrior at work in our state and beyond. She brings faith communities together with LGBTQ activists to work for civil rights, marriage equality, and justice issues of many kinds. Tara has grown the CWC from a handful of Portland-area congregations to over 100 throughout Oregon and SW Washington. In early years, she was a solo voice traveling the state; now local congregations and clergy speak out with welcome for the LGBTQ folks in their communities. Tara has been a leading voice at a national level as part of Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith program and the Institute for Welcoming Resources through the National LGBTQ Task Force. Rev. Tara has helped change the political landscape for LBGTQ concerns. During her tenure, CWC also hosted the first national interfaith Trans Conference in the nation. We celebrate her courage, strategic skill, and loving spirit.