At St. Peter’s, “We uphold the full inclusion and belonging of all people in the life and ministry of our parish church. We affirm that our baptismal covenant vows to ‘seek and serve Christ in all persons,’ to ‘love our neighbor as ourselves,’ and to ‘respect the dignity of every human being’ apply equally to all people, regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Without apology or condition, we believe that all people literally means all people” (from our Parish statement on Welcome, Inclusion, and Belonging).
For many LGBTQ people, the Church is responsible for and represents oppression and hostility. The faith communities that raised them, baptized them, first taught them about Jesus of Nazareth were not prepared to love them fully. On Saturday and Sunday, St. Peter’s has the unique opportunity show our neighbors that our life in Christ is life in a Loving, Liberating, and Life-giving God. We have the opportunity to share that God is Love, and Love is the Way. We preach with our presence on the parade route that we are all children of God, made in God’s image, and God loves us unapologetically and unconditionally.
St. Peter’s will have a booth in the festival on Saturday and Sunday. This will be an opportunity to welcome and connect with our neighbors. If you would like to be an ambassador for St. Peter’s at the booth, march in the parade, or help provide hospitality, please sign up using this form.
The Pride at St. Peter’s planning team has been hard at work making arrangements for this weekend and we hope you will volunteer to help out and spend some time on the lawn during the parade.
God is Love. Love is the Way.
The Pride at St. Peter’s Social Justice Planning Team