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, were not prepared to love them fully. On Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, St. Peter’s has the unique opportunity to 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 will preach with our presence on the parade route on Sunday, August 18 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 at the festival near the Food Court on both Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. 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 Pride booth, please select a shift here. To march in the parade, help provide hospitality, or give in another way, please sign up using this form. For questions or other interest in being involved, please contact Jason Gingras (firstname.lastname@example.org, 407- 927-0034).
The Pride at St. Peter’s planning team has been hard at work making arrangements for this upcoming celebration. We invite you to join us by volunteering your time and talents to make this year’s Pride the best it has ever been. Mark your calendars for August 17 and 18 and sign up to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, the 18th. We will meet immediately after the 10:45 a.m. worship service on the churchyard to march as One Body!
God is Love. Love is the Way.
The Pride at St. Peter’s Social Justice Planning Team