Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Want to help with creating the ceremony?

On June 1 at 8:00 am, we'll be raising the unity flag over the church. Here's your chance to participate in creating a ceremony.

Trish Grima wants suggestions for hymns. Pllease post your ideas here or contact Trish. She's at trishgrima@yahoo.com.

This may not sound like a very big deal, but it's actually an exciting opportunity. In recent years, the church has re-iterated its support for justice and love for our LGBT members. Now, we find ourselves exploring what form our expression of that support will take in practice. Ritual and liturgy in the Episcopal church -- and certainly at St. Paul's! -- are beautiful and both solemn and joyful at the same time.

Here's your chance to direct one of the steps we mentioned in the first post on this blog. Think of your favorite hymns and nominate one or more for the raising of the unity flag.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pride Events at St. Paul's

You have to love a bishop with a kazoo

Sunday, May 30
Sermon by Tom Jackson, head of the Bay Area Oasis group (http://www.oasiscalifornia.org/).
Also, Blessing of the Unity Flag

Tuesday, June 1 – in front of the church
8:00 am flying the Unity Flag

Wednesday, June 2 – parish hall
7:00 pm Movie night
Popcorn provided!

Sunday, June 13 – church courtyard
After 10:00 service
Pride Barbecue

Sunday, June 27 – San Francisco
San Francisco Pride Parade
March with the Dioceses of California

See you in church!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A journey of a thousand miles...

We are Oasis at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oakland, California. We are lesbian, gay, bisesual, transgender, and others in support of full equality and love for all of our members and brothers and sisters in the community around our church and around the world.

Pretty ambitious, huh? What is it the say about the journey of a thousand miles? It starts with a single step.

In this blog, we hope to accomplish at least two things: chronicle the steps we take for social justice and to show that a Christian church is a place of inclusion, not judgement. Much more later...

In the meantime...see you in Church!