Monday was Memorial Day. A day originally set aside to remember those who died in the Civil War, from both the Union and Confederate armies. A day that soon came to mean the remembrance of those who died serving our country in all wars – both declared and undeclared.

How appropriate that our PRIDE celebration soon follows Memorial Day. A day that we can remember those who died for just being gay or transgendered as well as those who died because they refused to be quiet and hide in the closet – because they stood up in defiance against oppressive bigotry and hatred by those who wished to claim special favor and privilege in the eyes of God and country.

As we remember those who died before us in the fight for equality, may we also look to the future so we can be the agents of change as we stand up for and advocate for those less fortunate than us.

I am PROUD to be part of a group of people who love God, their neighbor, and will work to stamp out oppression in our local communities, our country, and our world.

With many blessings,

Deacon Colleen

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