Celebrate PRIDE at Union this month as we come together as a community in worship and to honor stories from Queer faith leaders.
Below is a recap of ways to get involved this month!
Please join us for our weekly virtual PRIDE chapel services taking place every Wednesday throughout June. Each service will feature leaders from the Queer faith community. Chapel services will be viewable on the Union Chapel Facebook Page. Speakers are still being finalized but please mark your calendars:
Wednesday, June 2 at 1:00 pm EST
In the Name of Freedom with Miguel Escobar ’07
Wednesday, June 9 at 1:00 pm EST
Pride Month Chapel with Bary Barber ’21
Wednesday, June 16 at 1:00 pm EST
Pride Month Chapel with Malcolm J. Merriweather
Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 pm EST
Pride Month Chapel with Michael Roberson ’13
Wednesday, June 30 at Time TBD
Pride Month Chapel with James Admins ’21
Coming Soon! Trans and queer pastors exist. We have always belonged to faith-based communities and movements, but increasingly, Queer people are leading them too. In this limited podcast series, we will explore what it means to be Queer and follow the call to ministry. Keshia Pendigrast, an alumnus and former recruiter for Union Theological Seminary, chats with trans and queer faith leaders from various traditions about their journeys to self-acceptance, faith leadership, and healing.
This podcast is for everyone.
On Monday, June 14 at 2:15 pm EST, join EDS at Union Dean Kelly Brown Douglas as she speaks with Yance Ford, an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated director. Ford recently directed Episode 5 – “1990s: The Culture Wars” of FX’s new series PRIDE, a six-part documentary chronicling the struggle for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America from the 1950s through the 2000s.
Click here to get a reminder or view the video on Monday, June 14 at 2:15 pm EST.
Next Steps: Fulton v. Philadelphia Panel Discussion
Last August, Union Theological Seminary and EDS at Union joined an amicus brief filed by Children’s Rights in the Supreme Court case Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case centers on Catholic Social Services, a child welfare agency that sued the City of Philadelphia to receive taxpayer dollars for its child welfare services, despite the agency’s refusal to comply with the City’s nondiscrimination requirement.
A ruling in favor of Catholic Social Services could grant religious agencies a broad license to discriminate against same-sex couples, people of minority faiths, unmarried couples, and others—simply because they do not meet an agency’s religious test.
We anticipate that the Supreme Court will decide on this case this month, and when they do, we plan to bring together a panel of faith leaders, legal experts, and advocates to help us understand the impact of their decision.
More information to come.