Local Churches Celebrate PRIDE with Virtual Parades, Online Workshops and More

June 11, 2020

Editor's note: The Methodist PRIDE Collective (MPC) is a collective of UMC local churches in the California-Nevada conference. Current participating churches include Davis UMC, Elk Grove UMC, Fair Oaks UMC, First UMC of Roseville, First UMC of Sacramento, Loomis UMC, Placerville Federated, Rancho Cordova UMC, Sierra Pines UMC, St. Andrew’s UMC, St. Mark’s UMC, The Table at Central UMC and Woodland UMC.  

The MPC tentative mission statement is:  “The United Methodists Churches of this collective recognize the damage that has been done by the Church, by different denominations, by different religions, and by society itself, to those persons that are of non-conforming sexual orientations and/or gender identities.This collective works to support, help defend, and ensure a path to those individuals seeking to survive, to reconcile, and to thrive, and those that wish to seek to know God.”

The MPC in Sacramento announced their participation in the SacPride 2020 Virtual parade slated for June 28 at 10 a.m. Most of the 16 participating MPC churches created video clips from their congregation to be included in the online parade and also MPC donated funds to help support the week of virtual activities preceding the parade. Click for more details: https://sacramentopride.org/sacpride-activities/

The MPC will also be participating in the nationwide UMC Virtual PRIDE parade to be aired following a special Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) sponsored PRIDE worship service showing Sunday, June 28 at 11 a.m. on Facebook at https://rmnetwork.org.
MPC members of The Elk Grove United Methodist Church’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion have put together activities to celebrate June PRIDE Month. According to member Jeff Teague, churches everywhere are invited to participate each Sunday of June at 6:30 p.m. in a special Zoom presentation. Materials for the workshop will be available for download https://elkgroveumc.org/reconciling-lgbtpflag/
The zoom calendar links of online workshops include:
June 14: “LGBTQ Education Workshop”
The discussion will address questions such as “LGBTQ--Why all these letters? What does it all mean?” and “What is the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity—why is this important?” as well as how best to support someone who is coming out.
Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 875 9794 0721
Password: 709488
June 21: “Creating Change Through the Lens of Someone Else’s Experience”
Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 837 8938 0962
Password: 787702
June 28: “How to Be A Good Ally”
The discussion tells how to best support a LGBTQ loved one and addresses the fears, concerns and challenges of being an out ally as well as what more can be done to support the LGBTQ community.

Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 878 3636 8783
Password: 531242
And to share LGBTQ PRIDE in the home, EGUMC is sharing a downloadable coloring page at https://www.elkgroveumc.org/reconciling-lgbtpflag/
The church will post completed coloring pages on their Facebook page.
For PRIDE month and beyond, MPC encouraged churches to join or host online discussion groups. Rev. Sue King has been leading a discussion group based on the online discussion series “The Next Question” tnqshow.com. She will be leading a second series of discussions based on the same series. Given the recent events, MPC recommended reading including:  

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander;
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo;
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irvin;  America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis;
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas  (Also a 2000 movie available on YouTube & Amazon).
Jeff Teague also suggested the following articles:

 https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234 and CNN & Sesame Street Town Hall for kids and family (unfortunately the live broadcast was early this Saturday morning but it is sure to be repeated)  https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/02/us/cnn-sesame-street-standing-up-to-racism/index.html

The MPC agreed that any discussion groups hosted by any of its’ congregations would be open to all. Invites and information regarding discussion groups would be distributed via the UMCPrideCollective Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MethodistPRIDECollective/ or through the group email.
For more information on more Pride activities, discussion groups, or to sign up for emails and upcoming meetings visit MPC webpage at http://umcpridecollective.com.