Pride Festivals & Interfaith Services

 
 

We love PRIDE!

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.

We love PRIDE celebrations and hope you will join us at one of the Pride festivals or interfaith services below!

    

Elkton VA Pride 10/6

Sunday October 6th, 2013, from 12-4 p.m. we'll be at Elkton Pride. Please come join the celebration and visit POFEV at our booth!

We'll have sign-ups, stickers, and information about Witness for LOVE!

And it's a beautiful location on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, just east of Harrisonburg, VA.  The address is 2778 South East Side Highway in Elkton, Virginia.  You can see a map here.

Upcoming Pride Festivals & Interfaith Services

Roanoke Pride - Sat. Sept. 21

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See you in Roanoke?

Stop by the POFEV booth this Saturday, September 21, at Roanoke Pride in the Park

Due to construction in Elmwood Park, Pride in the Park is relocating for a year! 2013 location is River’s Edge North, 302 Wiley Dr. SW, Roanoke.

Richmond Virginia Pride Interfaith Service - Tues., Sept. 24, 6:30 pm

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Our Virginia Pride Interfaith Service in Richmond is Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Ahabah, 1111 West Franklin Street, Richmond. 

This service, “Celebrating the Many Voices of LGBT Pride” will focus on the spiritual foundation undergirding the movement for LGBT equality by exploring the eight colors of the original rainbow flag envisioned in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker as the emblem of Gay Liberation. It is part of the Virginia Pride celebration in downtown Richmond at Kanawha Plaza on Saturday, September 28.

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POFEV President has been reflecting on the colors of the Pride flag at his personal blog with posts that are in turn inspiring, challenging and fun - starting with Hot Pink and Turqouise!

Virginia Pride Richmond - Sat., Sept. 28

our mission is to instill pride, celebrate unity and embrace diversity in the Commonwealth

Please come celebrate Virginia Pride in Richmond on September 28 at Kanawha Plaza downtown and visit the POFEV booth. Also, don't forget our interfaith service on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Ahabah, 1111 West Franklin Street, Richmond. Read more about the service focusing on the spiritual undergirdings of LGBT equality and the colors of the rainbow flag described above.

Elkton Pride - Sun., Oct. 6

We'll be at Elkton Pride on Sunday, October 6.  Please come join the celebration and visit POFEV at our booth!

Charlottesville Pride - Sept. 14, 2013

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Charlottesville is a diverse community, with a higher than average proportion of counter-cultural influences, and so the Pride celebration was awash in many people with brightly-colored hair and superb folk-singers (as well as some wonderfully flamboyant drag queens), and a higher proportion of spiritual groups (not just churches, but Buddhist and other meditation groups, and old friends Revs. Elisheva and Wade Clegg, of the Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum and Blue Ridge Rainbow Ceremonies) than usual.

 Many people stopped the POFEV booth—Hershey dark chocolate nuggets with almonds, soft mints, and suckers for the kids were a big hit—and there were good conversations with people eager to participate in the POFEV Witness for LOVE! on February 14, 2014 (see more at www.pofev.org).

 Robin Gorsline, Harris-Duffs, Mary Ann ArcherEspecially gratifying was the visit to the booth by two of the lead plaintiffs in the ACLU/Lambda Legal suit in federal district court against the Virginia anti-marriage amendment, Joanne and Jessica Harris-Duff, of Staunton (pictured in the middle between POFEV President Robin Gorsline and someone very special to POFEV, Mary Ann Archer of Hampden-Sydney). They thanked us for our efforts to generate widespread public support for them and the suit, helping to create a new climate in Virginia that recognizes the dignity of all our citizens (including, of course, their young son).

Communion at Charlottesville Pride

POFEV and many others were blessed by receiving communion from a roving group of clergy that included Rev. Janet McDonald (left in picture) and Rev. Heather Warren (center) of St. Paul’s Memorial Church (Episcopal) in Charlottesville and Rev. Melanie Miller (right), the Pastor at Sojourners United Church of Christ in Charlottesville, a congregation that was one of the very earliest supporters of POFEV.  It was a tremendous gift for them to share the sacred meal with others.

    

Hampton Roads Pride - Aug. 6 & 10, 2013

Pride Interfaith Service - Aug. 6

Photo: August 6, Norfolk: "Celebrating Our Colors, An Interfaith Gathering of Hampton Roads for PRIDE. A magnificent celebration of the beauty and love and joy and hope and yearning for liberation of the LGBT communities and allies of Hampton Roads. Our President Robin Gorsline (rear right in the photo) was honored to speak and enriched to listen to other speakers. They represented a diverse faith range, and as six of them spoke, in turn, about the colors of the LGBT rainbow, we were given images of love, words of hope, and so much wisdom. Concluding with the singing of "I Need You to Survive" brought it all together, reminded us that we are in this together, God's amazing rainbow of people united for and in love.

Our Norfolk service "Celebrating Our Colors" at New Life MCC of Hampton Roads was a magnificent celebration of the beauty, love, joy, hope and yearning for liberation of the LGBT communities and allies of Hampton Roads.  The diverse speakers in turn offered images of love, words of hope, and so much wisdom inspired by the LGBT rainbow. Singing "I Need You to Survive" reminded us that we are in this together, God's amazing rainbow of people united for and in love.

Hampton Roads Pride - Aug. 10

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At Hampton Roads Pride on August 10, 40 couples were blessed by Rev. Mark Byrd of New Life MCC of Hampton Roads (center in photo below), POFEV President Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline (center) and Pastor Terri Wade-Stancil of God's Other Sheep Christian Center (on right, obscured). 

Photo: A spiritual highlight from last Saturday's Hampton Roads Pride was the blessing of about 40 couples by Rev. Mark Byrd of New Life MCC (center in photo), POFEV President Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline (center) and Pastor Terri Wade-Stancil of God's Other Sheep Christian Center (on right, obscured). It was a beautiful time together, made more special by the Gay Men's Chorus and many well-wishers, and of course all those beautiful people in love!! Love wins the day again!

A beautiful time together, made more special by the Hampton Roads Men's Chorus and many well-wishers, and of course all those beautiful people in love!!  Many more pictures and well-wishes are posted on the Pridefest Intent to Commit facebook page.

POFEV (People of Faith for Equality in Virginia), P.O. Box 4919, Richmond, VA 23220 • www.facebook.com/pofev

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