When Pride is a good thing.
If you live in Seattle, you may have noticed signs and flags cropping up all around downtown. If you live on Capitol Hill, it’s clear that Pride week is here and rainbow flags, signs, and celebrations are taking place everywhere. This year’s festivities culminate in Sunday morning’s Pride parade on 4th Avenue downtown. Reading the list of participants, all kinds of civic groups, advocacy organizations and businesses are participating with floats and marching. A number of churches are also joining the parade, proudly marching alongside and participating in the fun. We will be just hanging out this year, and I’m excited that we are joining the city in celebration.
Oftentimes for Christians, the word ‘Pride’ is negative. Humility is the virtue we should exalt, and pride is seen as a sin. Pride, after all, goes before a fall. In this case, Pride represents the right to exist, the right to be proud of who you are and how you were created in God’s own image. Since the 1960’s, Seattle has had the U.S.’s largest LGBTQ community outside of San Francisco. In 1964, a group of Protestant ministers and gay activists held a fundraiser for the Council on Religion and the Homosexual in San Francisco. Gay protesters and police clashed, resulting in arrests and court trials. In 1969 the Stonewall Riots in New York marked the beginning of the Gay Pride movement when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar. At the time of both incidents, homosexuality was illegal. Also in 1969, the first Gay Pride Parades were held as a show of support, to publicly remind everyone of the larger and very real struggle for human rights that was (and is) taking place.
In the early 1960’s, Protestant ministers were involved in the fight for equality for all people. Would you join us today in continuing the work that still needs to be done in our own churches, our own hearts and lives, and in our society? Last weekend, many of us celebrated the arrival of summer at last week’s Solstice parade in Fremont. This weekend, Join us in believing we are all welcome at the same table. Pride parade details below, hope to see you there!
Peace to you this week,
For more info on the LGBTQ Pride movement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_pride
- PRIDE PARADE:
Join us Sunday morning for the parade: http://www.seattlepride.org/parade.php
We’ll meet in Wallingford at 10, and take the bus downtown. The parade starts at 11 am. Info, or to RSVP: email@example.com
- 4th of JULY BBQ:
The 4th is on a Sunday, and we’ll be kicking off the day with a BBQ at our place! See you at 5 for some grilling on the back deck. BBQ potluck-style meal, followed by Bible Study. We’re right around the corner from Gasworks Park, so feel free to walk down to the water after church!
- THURSDAY NIGHT FOOD BANK ROTATION: U-District Food Bank, 5-8pm
Join us on Thursday nights as we hang out with our neighbors, sort food, laugh, bag groceries, and have a good time. Up to 5 volunteers per week, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more info!
- SINNERS & SAINTS CHURCHWIDE RETREAT
We’re setting the date for our first-ever churchwide retreat for August 13-15. Let me know if you can make those dates, and if you’d like to be part of the planning committee!
- S&S SUMMER FUN!
This summer, Ramen Night is transitioning from once-a-week Tuesday night event to once-a-month. The first Tuesday of the month still means a bowl of steaming ramen at Lounjin, but other Tuesdays will be devoted to fun activities planned by church folks. If you’d like to join in planning fun events, casual outings like picnics at Gasworks, kayaking on Lake Union, or dinner at Paseo’s near Golden Gardens, let me know! email: email@example.com
- SUNDAY DINNER POTLUCK: 5-7:30 pm
Join us for Sunday Dinner and Bible Study at Alan and Leah’s home from 5-7:30. The meal sign-up is below, email me if you’d like to bring something to share. firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more info!
- This Sunday, 6/27: Old School Casserole Night!
Get creative! Mac & Cheese, Tuna Noodle, Tater tot casserole…Ideally, we’d have a few examples of yummy casserole goodness. 🙂
Your Favorite Casserole: __________
See you Sunday!