Pride isn’t all about being half naked 500 feet from the capital building, drag queens, and techno music. It’s important for many to remember the LGBT community’s spiritual roots. People of Faith for Equality in Virginia are providing a service for just that need. Below are details for this FREE event.
POFEV: People of Faith for Equality in Virginia is sponsoring an Interfaith Service for LGBT Pride on Tuesday, September 24, at 6:30 pm at Congregation Beth Ahabah on Franklin Street in Richmond.
This service, “Celebrating the Many Voices of LGBT Pride,” is scheduled a few days prior to the Virginia Pride celebration at Kanawha Plaza in downtown Richmond on Saturday, September 28, as a way to focus on and recognize the spiritual foundation undergirding the movement for full LGBT equality.
Participants will include Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist persons of faith, and there will be readings from a wide variety of spiritual traditions and perspectives. At the core of the service will be an exploration of the eight colors of the original rainbow flag envisioned in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker as the emblem of Gay Liberation. Those colors and the meanings Baker attached to them are: hot pink (sexuality), red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), turquoise (magic/art), indigo (serenity/harmony), violet (spirit).
POFEV President, Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline, says, “PRIDE celebrations are sacred times. They remind us that while often the work of justice-making can feel difficult, even at times grim and uphill, at its heart are celebration and joy . . . . affirming the dignity and worth of every human life, drawing on the spark of greater life that is in us all, our shared DNA threaded through with wholeness and divinity.”
Congregation Beth Ahabah is located at 1111 West Franklin. The event is open to all, and there is no charge to attend. An offering basket will be available for those who wish to support the work of POFEV.