Embracing All Under the Tent
EVERYONE IS WELCOME in the CIRCLE OF FAITH!
A public witness to welcome and inclusion for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, invisible minorities, asexual, and allies) persons, their families and allies by varied faith communities. For all who believe God’s love is inclusive and that all are welcome into the “family circle” that their faith communities offer.
The 2015 CIRCLE will feature a specially-written choral work written to be performed by a representative choir from our Faith Communities.
Our speakers share insight and experiences and a variety of musical presentations are featured.
1:50 pm GATHERING (Drums)
2 pm WELCOME AND INVOCATION
REV. SHANEA D. LEONARD B.A., M.Div., Pastor & Founder of JUDAH Fellowship Christian Church
--AMMON RIPPLE, statewide Faith Organizer for Equality Pennsylvania
--RABBI SHARYN HENRY, Associate Rabbi, Rodef Shalom Congregation (RSC), Pittsburgh
--REV DR JANET EDWARDS, Ph.D. is a Parish Associate at the Community House Presbyterian Church
GROUP SINGING – CANTOR MICHAL GRAY-SHAFFER
CHANTING – DAVID GOLDSTEIN, Tikkun Chant Circle
CHANT AND DANCE – “Gathered Here”
REV DR GAIL RANSOM, DMin, Education Director at First United Methodist Church
GROUP SONG – PATRICK JOURNET ON DRUMS
COMMUNITY CHORUS – TIM COLES, COMPOSER AND DIRECTOR, Music Director, First United Methodist Church
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY (Watch for details!) and CIRCLE SONG
CLOSING PRAYER AND FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS – REV SHANEA LEONARD
After Program Music (String Quartet)
Activities – Eat, Drink, Mingle and Networking Time
Communities of Faith and organizations represented at Circle of Faith.
East Liberty: East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Friendship: Unity Center of Pittsburgh
Garfield: Thomas Merton Center, Unity Center
Oakland: Community of Reconciliation, Rodef Shalom
Millvale: First United Church of Christ
Monroeville: Metropolitan Community Church
North Hills: St. Brendan's Episcopal
Northside: Allegheny Unitarian Universalist, Calvary United Methodist, Community House Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Judah Fellowship Christian Church
Regent Square: Mifflin Avenue United Methodist
Shadyside: Bet Tikvah, Rodef Shalom, Calvary Episcopal, First United Methodist, St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Squirrel Hill: Congregation Dor Hadash, Sixth Presbyterian Church, Church of the Redeemer Episcopal, Dignity Pittsburgh
Wilkinsburg: South Ave United Methodist Church
Also joining the Circle are:
Luna Rising Pagan Community
Laughing Rivers Sangha (Buddhist)
We look forward to even a bigger Circle of Faith in 2015!