Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC
June is Pride Month and our church will be celebrating this throughout the month.
This means that we’ll be holding a service for LGBT Pride on Sunday June 25th at 9:45 a.m instead of our regular 11 a.m service. This is so our church members can leave to staff our table at the OKC Pride Festival from 12-4pm. We are looking for volunteers for that event.
This has been made possible by our sharing a table with Mayflower Congregational UCC who is insuring a UCC presence on Saturday June 24th.
Than we’ll join Norman PFLAG in marching in the parade following at 6pm. We’ll meet at 42nd st & Classen Blvd rain or shine.
A week before on Saturday June 17th from 11 a.m to 1pm we’re invited to join in the 2nd annual PFLAG Pride Picnic at 1501 W Boyd St
This year we are going to be doing activities to help us prepare for PRIDE! We are tie dying togas (feel free to bring other things to tie dye), making swords, and constructing our float! Come join for the fun and community this weekend and then come march with us next weekend!
Hotdogs, chips, and drinks provided but more food is welcome! Lawn chairs and blankets are also a great idea because table space is somewhat limited.
With these festivities in mind , I wanted to highlight the Norman United meeting Tuesday June 6th at 7:30pm at West Wind Universalist Congregation 1309 W Boyd St which works on LGBT equality in Norman. And I wanted to highlight our Conversation Sunday June 4th.
This Sunday, our Conversation Sunday is focused on Transgender 101. While we affirm LGBT inclusion, figuring out the T in that list can be difficult for those of us who are not transgender. As a gay man, I figured I knew all the relevant issues until I went to a transgender conference that Stephanie Mott put on when I was at the University of Kansas.
That was an eye opening experience for me. The issues of birth certificates, whether it was safe to use a bathroom, whether health care providers would be supportive, to the weird mish mash of laws one has to contend with, were issues I had never considered.
And so while I have a natural inclination to be supportive, without the information and the stories of transgender people, we’re limited in what we can do. So our church is hosting a transgender 101 panel discussion for our Conversation Sunday June 4th at 9:45 a.m as we learn from their presentation and discuss over a shared potluck.
I hope you can join us this Sunday and in our various activities this month.
Rev. Dwight Welch
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