In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising 28 June 1969
A Prayer Quartet for Pride
by Chris Glaser
We are delighted to welcome Peterson Toscano and Ruth Wilde to All Hallows’ on Friday 28th September at 8:30pm and for a follow up “Dig Deeper” workshop on Saturday 29th September at 10:30am to 12:30
Everything is Connected: A lively discussion about identity, justice, and peace
Pull just one strand in our world and see how deeply it is connected to many others. In this entertaining and insightful presentation, Ruth Wilde and Peterson Toscano join forces to reveal strange and often unseen connections in the world. Drawing on ancient stories, comedy, and insights from their travels, they weave together a tapestry that covers identity, LGBTQ issues, climate change, justice, peace, and much much more.
After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, Peterson Toscano came to his senses and came out as an American quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses? A Bible scholar, a comic, and public speaker, Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world.
Ruth is the UK Outreach Worker for Christian Peacemaker Teams. She also works as National Coordinator for Inclusive Church, so she understands how oppressions can intersect, and how climate change is ‘sexist, racist and classist’. Ruth has known about the oppression of / racism against indigenous peoples since she went on a CPT delegation to Grassy Narrows First Nation, Ontario, Canada in 2011. Now she sees clearly that climate change is also ‘racist’ against indigenous peoples and she thinks this is painfully ironic because they are often the humans who live the most sustainably and most in harmony with the earth. This makes her more determined than ever to educate and speak out about what is happening to indigenous peoples around the world!
In addition, Peterson and Ruth will also be leading a Dig Deeper workshop on Saturday 29th April at All Hallows. Ruth Wilde and Peterson Toscano stir up lots of discussion in their lively presentations. In order to deepen the experience and help communities figure out their next steps, they offer a facilitated discussion that includes small and large group activities designed to dig deeper into the issues raised during their presentation. Come to share your insights and to engage in others in conversation about making the world a better place for all.
Heston was interviewed on Radio Leeds this morning in connection with Leeds Pride. You can hear him about 2 hours into the program just after the 8 o’clock news.
Sunday 5th August is Leeds Pride Sunday #LeedsPride. We will be meeting at church as usual at 10.30am and then, for those who want to join us, we will be heading down into the city. There is a marching space booked for ‘Faiths at Pride’ and we also have an invitation to march with the Green Party crowd!
More information about what is happening can be found on the Leeds Pride Sunday 2018 Facebook page.
Today was a chance to decorate our church with all the colours of the rainbow.
This Sunday we even had rainbow biscuits! Thanks Paul and Margaret!
Our visiting preacher for Pride Sunday was Jonathon Tallon who also hosted a “Christians in Conversation” at All Hallows on the Saturday afternoon before Pride Sunday. He has allowed us to publish his PowerPoint presentation and bibliography here as a resource on the topic of “Terror Texts” – those passages in the Bible that are used to condemn but may actually be taken out of context and misunderstood.
PowerPoint – Bible and homosexuality All Hallows Leeds 2017
The Bible and Homosexuality an annotated bibliography June 2017