Friday, October 09, 2015

NOVA Pride follows festival with interfaith worship service near Fairfax, VA


I missed the NOVA Pride festival Saturday in the muck of an extra-tropical low, but Thursday night (“hier soir”) I did attend an interfaith service in Oakton, VA at the Unity of Fairfax church, sponsored by POF, “People of Faith and Equality in Virginia”, called “The Faithful Road: A Shared Journey of Gratitude and Commitment.” It was also known as “the Second Annual Multifaith NOVA Pride Worship Service.”

It was moderately well attended, a large sanctuary about half-full.
Many pastors (and many female) from progressive congregations around northern Virginia spoke.  This included David Ensign, from Clarendon Presbyterian Church.  It also included Billy Kluttz from McLean Immanuel Presbyterian Church (assistant, pastored by Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt, whose wife pastors Trinity in Arlington – the couple walked “The Way” in Spain this summer).

The service offered a chorus (in rainbow colors) and rock group and contemporary style. The highlight of the service was passing out paper, pen, and envelopes, asking worshippers to identify one event for which they were grateful, and making one commitment (to others, not just one’s own personal goals) in the next six months.  The envelopes would be mailed in early 2016.

Afterward there were sandwiches and refreshments, and some informal discussion of the growing refugee crisis, which will be much more complicated, in a policy sense, to meet (including for LGBT in Russia and Africa) than a lot of progressive opinion writers realize.  A big player in administering any large program is likely to be Catholic Charities.

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