In Recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
San Antonio, Texas. A special interfaith event is in the planning stages, sponsored by PRO SA (Progressive Religious Organizations of San Antonio). “50 Years of Hope: A Pride Interfaith Service” is being created with the intention to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by remembering the past, celebrating the present, and inspiring hope for the future.
Coming together in periodic meetings, representatives of different faith communities that are affirming and inclusive of individuals that identify as LBGTQ+ are creating a service that will include music, history of the Stonewall Riots, reflections, and a reception afterwards.
“I am proud to be a part of the Pride Interfaith Service celebration 50 Years of Hope within our diverse communities of faith in San Antonio.” Said Dr. Arjay Kennedy, University Presbyterian Church member and Rainbow Welcome, Co-Chair
Rabbi Mara Nathan of Temple Beth-El stated, “I think it is wonderful that our various faith communities are galvanizing to create a space that is both joyful and welcoming for all people regardless of their religion, gender, sexual preference or gender identity.”
The sponsoring organization, PRO SA is a network of clergy and lay people concerned with the spiritual well-being of the LBGTQ+ community. Formed in 2006, after the Texas marriage amendment in 2005, to connect those concerned with the LBGTQ+ community, to support the faith communities that work to serve the LBGTQ+ community, and to be advocates for the spiritual well-being of the LBGTQ+ community.
“This Interfaith service will be an unmistakable call to hope, love, mercy, compassion, and justice for all. When we worship and celebrate together, our ideas, our energy, and our determination to have a different world become closer to realization.” said Rev. William Knight of the Metropolitan Community Church San Antonio.
The service will be located at Madison Square Presbyterian Church 319 Camden Street, San Antonio Texas. It will be held on Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 p.m. A reception with light food will be held afterward in the same location.
Rev. Eric Vogt, minister at Travis Park Church, remarked, “In lament and in action toward hope, we need each other. We at Travis Park are grateful to be part of this event not only for the gifts of the interfaith service itself, but for the ways it can launch further shared encouragement and support going forward. Being together helps us live the change that we need – for ourselves, for our communities, for San Antonio as a whole.”
Faith Communities participating so far include; Dignity San Antonio, Gay and Lesbian Episcopalians and Friends, University Presbyterian Church, Metropolitan Community Church San Antonio, Unity Church of San Antonio, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Temple Beth-El, Travis Park Church, The Awakening Spiritual Community, Bethany Congregational United Church of Christ, Madison Square Presbyterian Church, Christ Sophia Catholic Faith Community, New Beginnings Church, Celebration Circle, San Antonio Zen Center, and the Living Church at Woodlawn Pointe.
“More and more communities are hopping on board to help plan and implement this meaningful service, and we are open to others that are affirming and inclusive of individuals that identify as LBGTQ+ joining in our work,” said Communications Coordinator Birdie Shawker of Unity Church of San Antonio. “Those interested may email us at [email protected] .“