As Vancouver Pride approaches, you may be thinking of how to celebrate this year.
The Vancouver Pride Parade is taking a decentralized approach this year, and we are going to be part of it! We’ll be gathering safely outdoors and doing our own mini Pride Parade around the UCV campus on Sunday, August 1, starting at 12:30 p.m. All members and friends are welcome to attend. Wear something colourful and/or creative – show your Pride however you feel like it!
We’d love to put rainbow colours all around our corner sign at 49th & Oak. We’d love to hear your ideas–and then get your help. https://vancouverpride.ca/festival-parade/parade-entries/
Welcoming Congregation Recertification update
We’re almost there!
To renew, a congregation has to already been certified (for us that was way back in 1995–one of the first) and do one worship service related to LGBTQ+ issues. Check!
A third requirement is to support an organization who works in this area. We’ve worked with Rainbow Refugee to support refugees, donated money from the Outreach Opportunities Fund and their founder Chris Morrissey will be speaking on Sunday, July 25. Check!
With a lot of support from Rev. Lara and the worship services committee, we’ve lifted up more than the required six “welcome days of observance.” Check!
The next one is Non-Binary Day which is July 14th and that brings us to a request for assistance with our final requirement which is to offer an educational event that at least 10% of the members of the congregation attend. So far 14 members (maybe more) have watched Mairy Beam’s play “What Difference Does It Make?” about coming out as non-binary and another 10 or so were at the panel discussion with cast and crew on June 12th. Could you please watch the play and the discussion and then complete a feedback form? We need at least 30 members to watch and complete the form.
Here are the links:
Play from Haven Theatre: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQU6WT6Igs8
Then send an email to Debra at firstname.lastname@example.org and Debra will send you a link to the survey we need to ask for in order to complete the requirements.
Forum: Sunday, July 11
What Does Non-Binary Mean? On July 11, Mairy Beam and other members of the GSA will host a forum after the worship service on what non-binary gender means. This is an “ask us anything” forum and we’ll share some anonymous polls to see what your questions are and respond to those. Sign in as soon as you have had your bio break after the service. This shortlink will take you there: ucv.im/gsa