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UNITED IN SPIRIT
LET'S STAND TOGETHER
AGAINST VIOLENCE AND HATE!
Participate in this interfaith observance October 9
anywhere and everywhere you are.
The Orlando shootings have made it clear that despite advances in LGBTQ civil rights, violence and hate are still very real concerns.

While people of faith have differing stances on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, we can all surely agree that violence is not acceptable.

I'm writing to invite you to participate in LGBTQ Solidarity Sunday or LGBTQ Solidarity Sabbath. This interfaith initiative was introduced by DignityUSA in 1995 as a way all of us can make our opposition to anti-LGBTQ violence visible. Solidarity Sabbath/Sunday is held every year on the weekend before National Coming Out Day (October 11) and all are invited and welcome to participate.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
  • Wear your Solidarity rainbow ribbon at all times, especially religious services
  • Pray for an end to anti-LGBT violence
  • Educate your children, your faith community, your colleagues, your friends about the need to stop violence against all people, especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Take the Solidarity pledge.
On Solidarity Sunday we wear the ribbon in and remember in prayer the victims and families of those harmed by hate crimes. Some congregations will have a special speaker, film or discussion; some will acknowledge in their announcements: "you may have noticed a number of our members wearing rainbow ribbons today..." Sermons will be preached and newsletter articles written raising awareness; some will stand in public vigil against violence; and in some congregations a lone person will courageously wear a rainbow ribbon knowing that all over the world others are doing the same.

Solidarity Sunday is dedicated to the memory of the many who lost their lives through violence because of who they were or who they were perceived to be. May their deaths not have been in vain. Let us work together to end verbal and physical violence against anyone, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people!

Please consider participating in Solidarity Sunday wherever you are in a way that works for you, be it at home, work or religious services. Solidarity has spiritual power and when we are united in all our beautiful differences we send a message that violence and hate are not acceptable.

May God bless all the love in our hearts and use that love to bring peace to our world and communities.

Blessings,
United in Spirit Coordinator
michael@leslie.com
510.527.2663
WEAR THE RAINBOW RIBBON EVERY DAY TO MAKE YOUR OPPOSITION TO LGBTQ VIOLENCE VISIBLE. 

Share why you're participating when folks ask. If you keep ribbons on hand, offer them one to wear too.
~ CLICK FOR SOLIDARITY SUNDAY FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE ~
If you have problems accessing the Facebook event page,
email michael@leslie.com and I will add you! ~ Michael

Prayer

Commitment

Download the PDF file for two sided duplication of the Solidarity Sunday materials: 

The striped rainbow ribbon can be purchased at local fabric stores or online such as www.artisticribbon.com.
SILENT VIGIL AGAINST VIOLENCE
The ecumenical community Companions of Dorothy the Worker has been in quiet vigil against violence every Friday in the Castro since Pulse/Orlando. Join them 6-7:00 pm on Friday.
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