Charlotte Pride Returns

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Charlotte Pride Festival is back! Back in 2019 when we last met as a community to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, over 200,000 people showed up in support. This two-day event has become the largest festival in Charlotte and continues to grow every year. With the continuing legislative challenges against the rights of our LGBTQ+ siblings particularly from our trans community, it is more important now than ever to come out and show support for the marginalized in our society.

We and the other houses of worship here in Charlotte are coming together this year on August 21 to show those in this community and abroad that all are welcome, and that faith is not an exclusive club. And for us Christians, we are saying that all are welcome at the banquet table. And that we support the rights of individuals to be who they want to be, love who they want to love, marry who they want to marry, and raise children just like any other family if that is their calling.

For this to be a successful outreach event on behalf of the St. Peter’s Episcopal community, we need your help. Over the next several weeks we will be around the parish grounds signing folks up to participate in the march or hospitality from the church lawn. Unlike years past, we will not have a booth as part of the festival so we can focus all our attention on hospitality and the parade. To learn more and to sign-up virtually today you can click the following link to help out as a parade marcher or hospitality from the church lawn handing out water and snacks: tinyurl.com/stpeterspride . I thank you for your continued support of the Social Justice Ministry at St. Peter’s and the Charlotte LGBTQ+ community.

With Appreciation,

Jason Gingras, Gender Equality and LGBTQ Inclusion Pillar Lead
jason.gingras@gmail.com

“We need to accept people for who they are. If God made them, then they are good enough for me. God made all of us equally, in God’s image and likeness, and that is how we need to behave to each other. That’s been a dawning in the last 100 years.”
— The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:30 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:00 a.m., Church and Livestream
Coffee Hour Fellowship, 12:15 p.m., Parish House Lobby 
Parish House Tour, 12:30 p.m., meet in the Chapel 

St. Peter’s and Charlotte Pride. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Charlotte Pride Festival is back on Sunday, August 21. St. Peter’s will join other houses of worship in the parade as a testament to God’s inclusive love. You can participate in this important event by marching with other parishioners or by volunteering to offer hospitality to parade watchers in the churchyard. To learn more and to sign-up virtually, visit the following link: tinyurl.com/stpeterspride.

Parish House Tour. This Sunday, members of the Congregational Engagement Team will lead us in a tour of the Parish House. If you’ve ever felt lost trying to find the right room or wondered where “that” stairwell leads, come join us! We will tour all four levels learning both the history of the building and what various spaces are used for today. Grab some coffee and come meet us in the Chapel. The tour will start at 12:30 p.m.