Join “United in Spirit” in San Francisco
Pride, June 25-26th, 2016!
We march because we want to share the message that God is love and God’s love is for everyone. We represent congregants, churches and religious leaders who celebrate and welcome our queer brothers and sisters. We look forward to the transformation of all religious communities so that LGBT people are celebrated everywhere. – Michael Leslie, UIS Coordinator
For more than twenty-five years, our contingent of Northern California churches, religious leaders and people of faith has affirmed and celebrated LGBT people in the San Francisco Pride Parade. In recent years, churches/denominations represented have included American Baptist, Congregational (UCC), Disciples (DOC), Presbyterian (PCUSA, More Light, Cumberland), Catholic, Methodist (UMC), Unitarian (UU), and Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC).
We gather to march on the last Sunday of June in San Francisco. As crowds line the sidewalks of Market Street, we celebrate all the colors of the rainbow and community. We share a message of love and acceptance. We smile, dance and bless the crowds as we carry our church banners and LGBTQ affirming signs. Please join us, invite your friends and church family, and lend us your prayers and blessings.
We are asking interested individuals, churches, associations, presbyteries and conferences to join with us in supporting this effort. Nearly $2000 in financial contributions are needed to cover parade registration, insurance and the cable car rental amount. The cable car is needed so that we can accommodate the disabled and those who would otherwise be unable to participate. Please contact Michael Leslie 510.527.2663 to make a contribution or discuss sponsorship.
These churches/groups (or their individual members) participated in 2015:
- American Baptist
Lakeshore Ave Baptist Church – Chuck Johnston
- Disciples of Christ
Lafayette Christian Church (DOC) – Rev. Marty Williams
- Metropolitan Community Church
MCC San Francisco (MCC)
- Presbyterian Church
Calvary Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) – Victor Floyd
Mission Bay Community Church (PCUSA) – Marc Jung
Presbyterian Church in Chinatown (PCUSA)
- Roman Catholic Church
Most Holy Redeemer Parish
St. Mary’s Cathedral
- United Church of Christ
Mira Vista United Church of Christ (UCC) – Patricia Severson
Danville Congregational Church (UCC) – Betsy Hosick
- United Methodist Church
Wesley United Methodist Church (UMC) – Wayne Kamiya
Epworth United Methodist Church (UMC) – Charles
Pine United Methodist Church (UMC) – Oneida Chi
- Religious LGBTQ Organizations
Dignity/San Francisco – LGBT Catholics and Allies
Network for Religion & Justice – LGBTQ-inclusive Asian Pacific Islander faith community
- People of Faith/Spirit
Various affiliations and no affiliation