Saturday, May 22, 2010

PFLAG Interfaith Convocation - 3rd Annual!

By Nicholas Miller 
Sunday May 23, 2010
2 - 3:30 PM
Naples United Church of Christ
5200 Crayton Rd
Naples Florida
The PFLAG Interfaith Convocation is bringing unity to our community. A Committee of Clergy and lay people from Churches and Synagogues throughout Naples have created a unique service to engage our hearts, minds and spirits through music and prayer. Harmony and unity in song will be heard as a myriad of choirs will blend their voices in melodies inspired by the psalmists words, "Behold how good and how pleasant it is when brethern dwell in Unity." On May 23rd, everyone may join in celebrating this harmony along with choirs and clergy from a myriad of religious institutions. Welcoming people of all faiths to join in this extraordinary endeavor PFLAG is sponsoring the Interfaith Convocation.

PFLAG (Parents, Friends & Families of Lesbians & Gays) is a parent-based organization that was started by heterosexual parents wanting to understand and help their gay children. PFLAG's role is to serve as a support group providing a non-judgmental outlet for feelings, questions and understanding as well as making available resources and educational opportunities.

The Interfaith Convocation will be an exceptional opportunity to foster a sense of acceptance and belonging for all people of faith to pray together without discrimination, disenfranchisement, or stigma. The Convocation will be the chance for all of us, together, to share our traditions and rituals and to provide the critical elements of public acknowledgement and social sanctions that are strengthened by communal worship. The Convocation is a tangible demonstration of our community to prove how good and right our unity is not just by including, but also by celebrating the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered members of our families. While each of us has our own individual identity, we recognize that there is a much deeper interconnection binding us to one another. None of us are alone, and we each must rely on each other to be able to use our individual blessings and talents to make the world a better place. This communal experience will deepen our human understanding to unite us in reaching across the boundaries that separate us, and to unite us in our effort to celebrate the joy of community, the gift of diversity, and the vision of harmony.

Participating with your family and friends in this endeavor you will make a difference. Open to the public the PFLAG Interfaith Convocation is on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at 2:00 PM at the Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road. A reception will follow the Convocation.

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