Crying with Pride

Sometimes people can be so focused on the particular that we lose sight of the larger picture. It is not always a good thing.

I am not sure exactly why the official Pride Week events were cancelled. Like many of you I have heard official stories and also rumours. In the end, it doesn’t matter. I can’t judge what happened, I simply don’t have the facts. Pride events were cancelled and that makes me very sad.

Our congregation has been part of Pride for a very long time. I remember pushing my eldest daughter in her rainbow-festooned stroller 15 years ago. The girls called it the “Rainbow Parade” for the longest time. Along with Audrey Brooks and our Chorealis choir, I have sometimes been included in the Pride Sunday Service. It was always an honour.

I hope things come back, and that we remember that Pride is a celebration of diversity. Sure, there are always more issues to be resolved and more work to do, but I don’t think that’s a reason to stop celebrating what has been accomplished. The courageous story of the few people who gathered decades ago for that first, furtive two block march, some of them masked for self-protection, reminds me of just how far we have come. Watching the faces of people being so free and so happy while freely expressing themselves has always made me smile.

I don’t know how it will all turn out, but it would be a shame if we didn’t find some way to celebrate again in the future.

In the meantime, I am proud that our UCE Youth Group has stepped up and decided that they want to offer Pride service in the church on Sunday, June 9th. I will be there, dressed in a colourful manner and smiling, and maybe crying with pride.

See you in Church!
Brian

Religion on Tap
The final gathering of our monthly pub theology group will be Tuesday, June 18th at 7 p.m. at The Metro, 10250 106 Street. Everyone is welcome to stop by for some socializing, some conversation and perhaps a beverage of choice.

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