This June, in an effort to share information about LGBTQ concerns in our congregation and in our community, the Reconciling Ministries Team of the church is helping us observe Pride Month. Pride Month is observed in June, commemorating the Stonewall Riots in which occurred in June of 1969. It has become a time for shining the light of attention and awareness on the impact LGBT people have had in the world. For so long, LGBT persons, especially in the church, have lived in the shadows, hiding the truth of their sexual orientation from their supportive communities. We participate in Pride Month here at First Olympia as a direct outgrowth of our welcoming stance… all people are welcome here!
On June 5, the local chapter of PFLAG-Olympia (Parent’s and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), which has been meeting here at First Olympia for many years now, will host a conversation at 10 am, between services, where you can learn of the group’s mission and hear stories of transformation and hope.
On June 12, a similar presentation will be shared by local representatives of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). SAGE – Olympia’s mission is to promote the wellness of GLBT elders in the Thurston County area with a range of referrals, services and other activities.
On June 19, members of the congregation are invited to walk together as representatives of the church in Olympia’s afternoon Pride Parade, Capital City Pride. There is a sign up for walkers in the church office. We won’t know our location in the parade until late in the week, so sign will allow to contact you with more information.
Finally, on June 26, at 10 am, Pizza Klatch, whose focus is work with local high school students, creating a safe place for LGBT teens during the school day, will share their work in a discussion between our morning services.