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Just wondering (and I first asked this in All Saints) - can we have Mystery Worshipper reports for Pride services?

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I think that that would be a very good idea. The few which I've attended have stretched from the idiotic to the genuinely touching and beautiful. Have at!
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It shouldn't be a problem. Anyone interested should simply contact the Mysterious Angels that oversee MW and set a visit up ...

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That said and the point made I'll shut this thread if there's no emergent discussion ... Leo (or anyone) do you want to make a discussion point of this at all?


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I've received no reports so far. You all know where to find me if you have one to file and don't know how. Leo's wishes re closing the thread or keeping it open will be fine with me.

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Ecclesiastical Flip-flop
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I for one need to ask - what is a Pride Service?

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I'm kind of curious myself. I have generally attended GLBTQ-friendly liturgical Episcopal churches in my life. So while the church might have a booth at Pridefest (and likewise a group marching in the AIDS walk), Pride gets sort of the same treatment as Father's Day or any other significant secular holiday- maybe a mention in the Prayers of the People, maybe well-wishes before and after the service, but nothing specific.

I did attend a church in New York which used "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as the Offertory Hymn on the Sunday of Pride. But I'm not sure if it was to mark the occasion, or because it was appropriate to the readings. (One of the servers that day was both black and gay, and having survived two civil rights movements in his lifetime, he seemed pretty touched by the marriage of hymn and date).

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It really depends on the denomination and congregation. In the RCC, especially in big cities, there are often parishes that are known as "places of refuge" for LGBTI+ people - queer folk are not the majority, but they are made to feel very welcome in an outspoken way, and the diocese tolerates this (at least while the current bishop is in power - the more money the parish brings in, the safer it is). The Pride Masses at these parishes will often be quite emotional, be attended by veterans of the early LGBT rights movement and the AIDS crisis, etc., and will emphasize that many RCs today, especially those from immigrant backgrounds and RCs of color, continue to feel that they cannot practice their faith and be out - or that they will be rejected by family and friends of faith if they come out - and these Masses try to create a religious space of belonging for them. At many parishes the Pride Mass is a weekday evening service so that it does not take the place of a Sunday Mass, but at one prominent LGBT+ friendly parish in NYC there is a Sunday Mass before the annual pride parade that is known as the annual Pride Mass (this parish also has numerous Masses hosted by its Gay Catholics and Gay Lesbians ministries throughout the year). These are the Pride services I am most familiar with.

I am curious what pride services are like in:

-moderately to very liberal denominations (US Episcopalians, ELCA, PCUSA, UCC), within liberal parishes where support for gay rights is pretty much a given so pride services aren't as much about reaching out to the closeted who feel they could never feel welcomed at church - since most people who come to that parish probably already know it is welcoming

-evangelical churches that are welcoming to LGBT+ folk

-gay-friendly C of E parishes (to compare them with gay friendly RC parishes, seeing that at the moment the C of E still equivocates on a lot of LGBT+ issues still).

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I’m the second out priest to serve in my liberal TEC parish in a liberal diocese in liberal New England…… and the idea of pride events seems so “yesterday’s news” in many ways. We don't have them. The nearest big town TEC parish has “We Welcome Everyone” permanently painted on their signboard, and hangs a rainbow flag outside for Pride Month……. I guess we’re all sort of boringly integrated and happy to welcome whoever shows up.

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Originally posted by Ecclesiastical Flip-flop:
I for one need to ask - what is a Pride Service?

A special service before the Pride march starts off. My church held one for several years.

It's rumoured that our cathedral may be holding one this year - as it's General Synod, the staff that i know will be away so i might be able to MW it and dclare that the leaders are inknown to me.

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I'm not aware of any here in the Church of Ireland, although several places have services to mark IDAHOT day. These usual consist of evening services with non-denominational hymns and prayers.

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I've not come across IDAHOT Day, but presumably it's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia ...yes?

Even though the acronym doesn't quite fit....
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Ecclesiastical Flip-flop
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Originally posted by Ecclesiastical Flip-flop:
I for one need to ask - what is a Pride Service?

A special service before the Pride march starts off. My church held one for several years.

It's rumoured that our cathedral may be holding one this year - as it's General Synod, the staff that i know will be away so i might be able to MW it and dclare that the leaders are inknown to me.

Pide march to me, begs the question. What you don't go on to say Leo, is that it is to do with gays and lesbians. I have just googled this and I am a bit wiser now. I can also discern from the build-up of posts on this thread.

Up until now, this subject has been a closed book to me. Where have I been all these years??!!

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leo
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But it isn't just LGBT any more - it has become a fun family day out.

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Nick Tamen

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quote:
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But it isn't just LGBT any more - it has become a fun family day out.

Perhaps where you live. I would not describe it that way here at all.

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Christians Together At Pride (the various LGBT Christian groups together - LGCM, Accepting Evangelicals, Two:23, Diverse Church etc) usually have their service after the march, for London Pride at least. I think the London one is at Bloomsbury Baptist this year.

Pride is really not just a fun family day out and referring to it as such really trivializes it, particularly with Pulse being just over a year ago and the situation in Chechnya still ongoing. Pride is a protest, at its heart.

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Originally posted by leo:
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Originally posted by Ecclesiastical Flip-flop:
I for one need to ask - what is a Pride Service?

A special service before the Pride march starts off. My church held one for several years.

It's rumoured that our cathedral may be holding one this year - as it's General Synod, the staff that i know will be away so i might be able to MW it and dclare that the leaders are inknown to me.

Pide march to me, begs the question. What you don't go on to say Leo, is that it is to do with gays and lesbians. I have just googled this and I am a bit wiser now. I can also discern from the build-up of posts on this thread.

Up until now, this subject has been a closed book to me. Where have I been all these years??!!

LGBT, not just L and G. Surely you've heard of the Stonewall Riots? London Pride (not the beer), Brighton Pride, etc? Pride parades are fairly well-known phenomenons and happen in most cities and even many smaller towns in the UK.

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Ecclesiastical Flip-flop
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quote:
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Originally posted by Ecclesiastical Flip-flop:
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Originally posted by leo:
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Originally posted by Ecclesiastical Flip-flop:
I for one need to ask - what is a Pride Service?

A special service before the Pride march starts off. My church held one for several years.

It's rumoured that our cathedral may be holding one this year - as it's General Synod, the staff that i know will be away so i might be able to MW it and dclare that the leaders are inknown to me.

Pide march to me, begs the question. What you don't go on to say Leo, is that it is to do with gays and lesbians. I have just googled this and I am a bit wiser now. I can also discern from the build-up of posts on this thread.

Up until now, this subject has been a closed book to me. Where have I been all these years??!!

LGBT, not just L and G. Surely you've heard of the Stonewall Riots? London Pride (not the beer), Brighton Pride, etc? Pride parades are fairly well-known phenomenons and happen in most cities and even many smaller towns in the UK.
I am obviously blinkered in what I take an interest in and this subject has been one of my "exclusions". Now that this has been drawn to my attention, I am watching this thread and googling, such as to look up what the initials LGBT stand for and I know that now.

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The Ship can indeed be educational!

FWIW, I live in a large-ish conurbation (250,000 peeps or thereabouts), and I've not heard of any Pride Services taking place in this area, though, TBH, I've not looked out for them. There are a number of local churches which advertise themselves as inclusive (referring, presumably, to LGBT+ as well as everyone else), and there are, too, a fair number best described as...er.... conservative .

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Our Dean and chapter wrote As a pledge of our commitment to the love of God, a perfect love that casts out fear, and to a community that still suffers the consequences of prejudice, we welcome Bristol Pride to the city centre.

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Well done, all y'all ...

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Having shown my ignorance about Pride, I am now beginning to think I am going to hear about this constantly (on facebook).

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And well done to Bristol Cathedral, too.

Without necessarily MWing the service (though that would be a Good Thing), it would be interesting to know what form it takes, and how many peeps attend.

IJ

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I intend to go and do a MW report.

It really would be good if we had a batch of them from different places.

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If I knew they were coming, I would hold the presses and make a Special out of them.

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Many years ago I MW’d a Metropolitan Community Church service on the day following the London Pride march. Members of the church had participated in the march and this was mentioned in the service, with specific details and, if I remember correctly, with some pleasure.

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Correction - the London Pride service is at St James Piccadilly with Canon Dr Rachel Mann preaching.

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Here's one.

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Thanks, leo, for an interesting Report. It sounds as though it was a thoughtful service, well put together, but I was rather surprised at the small attendance. Does this perhaps reflect the mistrust the LGBT+ community still has for the C of E as a whole, I wonder?

IJ

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Thanks, leo, for an interesting Report. It sounds as though it was a thoughtful service, well put together, but I was rather surprised at the small attendance. Does this perhaps reflect the mistrust the LGBT+ community still has for the C of E as a whole, I wonder?

IJ

No - it was only advertised 10 days befoehand and it wasn't included in the Pride events brochure.

It would appear tht the bells [URL= https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1179488]WERE for Pride.[/URL]

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Well, never mind - there's always next year!

Nice one, bellringers, though.

IJ

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Well, never mind - there's always next year!

Why is "Send In the Clowns" all of a sudden worming in my ear?

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