On June 2, 2019 The United Church of Canada will be celebrating an official Pride Sunday for the first time! We encourage all to celebrate the lives and ministry of LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people. Pride Sunday worship resources will be added throughout the year, acknowledging that communities of faith celebrate at different times.
Social inclusion is foundational to health equity. HARP The People’s Press celebrates the legacy of Rev. David Lander (June 2, 1945 – April 25, 2019), whose 74th birthday falls on the first Pride Sunday of the United Church of Canada. David Lander and the Castleon-Grafton Pastoral Charge voted unanimously to become an affirming ministry in 2014, the first multi-point pastoral charge in Ontario and the second in Canada.
The Pride Prayer remembers the human rights of every sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity, and calls on us to welcome LGBTQ+ refugees.
Constant Friend, because
People of every sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity have the right to live with dignity and without persecution or discrimination, we
Remember in our prayers:
LGBTQ+ people of Chechnya, Uganda, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and elsewhere who have been murdered and tortured because of who they are. We remember them and the people who love them.
LGBTQ+ refugees from around the world seeking safety and sanctuary. We remember them and the people who welcome them.
Trans and gender-diverse people in Canada, the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere, who are targeted victims of hate crimes and assaults. We remember them and the people who love them.
LGBTQ+ people whose dignity and self-esteem have been eroded by hateful systems and structures. We remember them and seek to be people who love more fully.
Individually, we each uniquely reflect your glory and express your love, but anti-gay violence, homophobia, and transphobia have blocked many from recognizing your beauty in all people. All of creation suffers from the effects of such hate, fear, and violence.
Daily, may we dedicate ourselves to building bridges of love and hope where harmful divisions have been made, making equity and equality for all people our goal, while working continually for justice, so that
Everyone can live fully in your love. Amen.
—a prayer by Alydia Smith for Pride month