Rainbow People Picnic

We are so fortunate to belong to a church that has embraced being "Open and Affirming" for 26 years! "Open and Affirming" (ONA) is the official status in the United Church of Christ for congregations declaring themselves welcoming of LGBTQ+ persons. For those of us at First Cong, we can't imagine how a church could exclude or judge beloved children of God based on sexual orientation or gender expression. As individuals and a congregation, it is easy to take this welcome for granted. However, there are people coming to our church regularly who are newly coming out to themselves, family, and the world. There are people coming to our church who are struggling with discrimination and hatred. There are people coming to our church who are afraid to be their full and whole selves at work or in other public places. And, there are even MORE people NOT YET coming to our church who need our extravagant welcome!
 
Because many of us feel so comfortable here, we sometimes hear that there is less of a need for an "official" Rainbow People group. And yet, this is far from true. We still very much need to meet with friends and allies for support and encouragement. Beyond that, we need our Rainbow Group to further the mission of welcoming all sexual orientations and gender expression to First Cong. Our annual picnic is an opportunity to visit together with old friends, get to know new friends, and also a time to strategize how we take our extravagant welcome to new levels.
 
If you are committed to this ministry, please join us for our annual picnic THIS SATURDAY, JULY 14 at the BRITTINGHAM PARK SHELTER, from 4:30-6:30pm. We will eat at 5:00pm. (829 W. Washington Ave.) Meeting at a park offers families a place for kids to play, yet all of us have time to talk about issues related to the LGBTQ+ community.
 
Please consider joining us for this event as we continue to think about how we at First Cong, can be louder voices of love that will silence the voices of hate and humiliation.

~ Ann Beaty & Eldonna Hazen

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 10:07 am in Featured Content.

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