Pride Reflections from Rev. Bruce Lamb

“Pride 2020 is a  return to our roots as protest against racism, homophobia, transphobia and police brutality. There can be no pride if it’s not intersectional. We cannot remain silent today about racism and homophobia and transphobia and the murders of black lives and celebrate pride tomorrow.

I had to learn to own my story. We need to own our stories. Our stories have power. Our stories as LGBTQ people are beacons of light that this world so desperately needs to hear.  Riverside Church – the message you are proclaiming and have long preached is a word of hope – that we must continue to proclaim. It’s transformational and life changing. To all my LGBTQ siblings that have been harmed growing up in the church the church owes you an apology and I’m sorry. You are loved and safe here at Riverside – welcome home.”

-Rev. Bruce Lamb, excerpts from June 21st sermon “Identity, Pride and Protest”

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Happy Pride from Maranatha

Since 1978, Maranatha has, Riverside’s LGBTQ Ministry, has participated in the Pride marches and Marriage Equality rallies in New York City and is recognized as the oldest, continuously operating LGBTQ ministry in the world. The confluence of several completely unexpected events has undoubtedly made this the queerest Pride Sunday in any of our memories! The on-going pandemic resulted in the cancelling of Pride parades globally and a brutal police murder set off weeks of inspiring protests that remind us of our social justice roots.

Maranatha affirms that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and we stand together in the fight for justice and equality for all.  The decisions by the Supreme Court to recognize Marriage Equality for LGBTQ couples as well as to honor the dignity and right of every person to hold a job without fear of being fired is an unqualified reason to celebrate.

Happy Pride. Happy Pride. Happy Pride!  


Join us online this Pride Sunday with Bishop Yvette Flunder

Sermon: Divine Re-Set

Bishop Yvette Flunder, a San Francisco native, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years. This call to “blend proclamation, worship, service and advocacy on behalf of those most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in 1991. In 2003, Rev. Dr. Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity.. Rev. Dr. Flunder is on the Board of Starr King School for the Ministry and DEMOS and has taught at many theological schools. She is a graduate of the Certificate of Ministry and Master of Arts programs at PSR, and received her Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is also an award winning gospel music artist and author of  Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic and Radical Inclusion.

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