SOCIAL JUSTICE IN ACTION!
Watching the Juliana v. USA appellate review of the Childrens Trust landmark climate lawsuit against the White House.
A WEEKLY NOTE from our Interim Minister,
Happy Father's Day to all who are fathers and to those who are fathers to us!
This weekend we will participate in the LGBTQ Pride Parade in Denver, which starts at 9:30 am from Cheesman Park. We will march with other congregations and participants in the yellow section of the rainbow. I will also lead a shorter worship service ("Hearing the Call of Lady Wisdom") at WPUCC at 10:00 am for those who will not be available to march in the parade. I then will join the parade in progress. The parade allows us to show our support for LGBTQ rights, for LGBT persons and the ongoing need to protect LGBTQ persons, particularly persons of color who continue to be bullied and harassed across the country. A recent Lamda study found that the 25 largest police departments in the country have some very progressive policies for treating LGBT persons with respect in police interactions, but few follow through on training their officers. Reports of harassment, sexual assaults and physical assaults are common in these cities, leading one lawyer/advocate to proclaim that when it comes to policing, not much has changed in these cities since Stonewall 50 years ago.
I have been a strong advocate for and ally of LGBTQ persons since the 1980's. The congregation I served in Houston did the first church-led HIV/AIDS education workshop, drawing on medical experts from the Houston Medical Center to help us understand the nature of the illness and how we could support those living with HIV/AIDS. At the time we had a 12-year-old in the congregation who was HIV positive from a blood transfusion. Leaders of the LGBT community in Houston attended and were surprised that we were focused on education and support and not people bashing. In doing spiritual support groups in a local mental healthcare facility, I saw firsthand the abuse many suffered from religion and religious leaders as I offered care and support.
A decade later, in Washington, DC, I represented the National Education Association in a coalition of religious, education and civil rights groups that stopped a forced-prayer amendment and in its place advocated for Gay-Straight Alliance student-led clubs using Equal Access legislation as the basis for the rights of students to so organize. Such use of the Equal Access legislation was successfully defended in the US Supreme Court. PFLAG groups and GSAs have organized in schools around the country during the past 20 years. As some of these have been challenged, the courts continue to uphold the application of Equal Access law to support the formation of these groups. Much has improved, and yet bullying of and discrimination against LGBTQ students and adults continues to call us to be active in our advocacy for equality and equity for all who are created in God's image and persons for whom Jesus lived and loved.
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FRIDAY, June 14th... TGIFs Resume!
Wash Park's TGIFs are informal social gatherings, 5:30-7:30pm, on alternating Fridays from June-August. Hosts provide the setting (outside, weather permitting), and attendees are invited to bring simple snacks and beverages of choice. Our first TGIF of the season is Friday, June 14 at the home of Kathy Carfrae,
991 S. Pearl St.
SUNDAY, June 16th Worship Celebration 10am
Pride Sunday; Hearing the Call of Lady Wisdom
This Sunday, many of us will choose to march in the parade at Denver's annual Pridefest. (We will march in the yellow section with other UCC churches; more details are below.) Also, at 10 am, Lee will lead a 30-40 minute service in our sanctuary, before joining the parade in progress.
WEDNESDAY, June 19th-- Journey of the Spirit 6:30pm
Bring a spiritual thought and a nosh to share for a free-ranging opportunity to explore spirituality. Beth Robey Hyde's home:
13852 E. Linvale Place Aurora CO (303) 695-1449
SUNDAY, June 23rd Worship Celebration 10am
Choosing to Do What We Can Do
On this Sunday, we will recognize Wash Park's many volunteer leaders, including the new slate of leaders approved at the June 2 Congregational Meeting. Our worship will celebrate the gifts of community, and the principle that makes Wash Park work: none of us can do everything, but when we all do what we can, amazing things can happen! After service, we will have a Lunch & Learn on Bystander Intervention; more details are below.
+ LUNCH & LEARN: 11:30am
After service on June 23, we will have a Lunch and Learn on Bystander Intervention presented by Anne Kleinkopf, a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Bystander Intervention Training gives participants the tools and confidence to intervene, safely and effectively, when they witness harassment of a vulnerable person in a public place. Workshop participants will discuss the goals of, and barriers to, intervening on behalf of others and will learn and practice the dos and don'ts of intervention. Interested? Have questions? Contact Diane Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 30 -- Fifth Sunday Service Project at St. Francis Center
As usual on the fifth Sunday of a month, we will get outside the walls of our building and "have church" by serving in the community. We will again serve at the St. Francis Center, 2323 Curtis St. Please join us there from 10-noon, or whatever you can do!
Wash Park UCC
400 S. Williams St.
Denver, CO 80209
Located in Central Denver just a few blocks from beautiful Washington Park, Wash Park UCC welcomes all people from across the Denver metro area who are seeking a welcoming, creative, and challenging spiritual home. Come visit us on Sunday mornings at 10am or discover one of our many programs that uplift our spiritual lives during the week.