“Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations…” (A Prayer for Social Justice- 1928). No peace, know peace was the theme for this year’s Multifaith Pride service which was held on June 23, 2022 at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH. This theme was close to our hearts and intentionally chosen to mean that we will practice no peace until oppression is faced and eradicated, then we shall truly know peace.
Over 225 warriors of love, combating social injustices, gathered to pray, meditate, listen, worship, and learn from speakers of various faith and belief systems ranging from Buddhism, Judaism, Wiccanism, Paganism, to Christianity. Our service opened with beautiful music followed by an elemental and grounding meditation. Bishop John Bell read A Prayer for Social Justice. Michael Chanak (aka: Cincinnati’s Mother Goose) shared the rich and beautiful history of the Pride month celebration, while also reminding us that without remembering and honoring history we often forget where we are going.
Pastor Lesley Jones, Sr. Pastor of Truth and Destiny, shared an uplifting message of coming together in the face of adversity to assist in raising others up. The Celebration Choir (consisting of 30+ members assembled by Matthew Moquin-Lee) connected us through music as we collectively shared tears of joy and worship. The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus always has a way of opening hearts as they brought their voices together to lift our spirits. Other faith leaders shared their stories, prayers, and meditations. United we came together from various faith and belief systems with one collective goal, to love one another simply for who we are while simultaneously giving voice to those who are often voiceless.
The Open Table Church provided an opportunity to send postcards denouncing HB 454, HB 616, and HB 325 in Ohio (these bills were designed as an attack against Transgender health care and similar to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill). To close out our service Pastor Alice Connor led us all in a congressional song reminding us that there is still, “Work to be Done.” We connected and continued to come together in the adjacent building after the service for tapas and beverages. As we head into life after Pride month we are reminded that we must unite and celebrate while additionally fighting for injustices not just one month a year, but continuously throughout the year.
With gratitude and LOVE on behalf of the Cincy/NKY Multifaith Pride Network,
Dr. Ryan Joseph Allen
2019-2022 Committee Chair
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To join our committee or for additional inquiries you can reach out to Pastor Alice Connor (2023 Committee Co-chair): email@example.com