I just came from a planning meeting of the newly formed Kaleidoscope OC, An Alliance of Faith Leaders affirming the LGBTQ Community. I am very honored to be part of this amazing group of ministers, rabbis, and other faith leaders. What we have been meeting about is to ensure that our communities are safe and welcoming places for members of the LGBTQ community. I felt that this is a perfect fit for us since we are all about unity and oneness.

We will officially introduce ourselves as a group at the Gay Pride Parade on June 25. We will also be participating in a Shabbat Service at Temple Beth Shalom on June 24. Part of the service will be recognizing those who have died from AIDS or hate crimes. Each of us who will be participating will read a part of the service. I will be participating in the service.

Then the following day at 10:30 am, there will be a short interfaith service before the start of the parade; I will not be participating because I do not want to miss Mary Mackenzie, who will be speaking at our Center that afternoon at 1:00 PM. However, if there is anyone who would like to walk (or ride) in the parade, please let me know; I would be grateful for someone to represent us.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are protesting things usually have the loudest voices and the most press? We believe that that will change as we continue to speak up for those beings who have been marginalized. Actually, I think we learned from our teens who make it seem so easy to accept people just the way the are and just the way they are not.

We have the letter of affirmation and the names of the communities who are participating at this point posted on our website on our About Us Page. Please click on the link below to read the entire letter.