May 29 – Ferndale Pride Interfaith Service: Spirituality of Stonewall

May 29 – Ferndale Pride Interfaith Service: Spirituality of Stonewall

Ferndale, MI – The first Interfaith Service for Ferndale Pride was held last year, in 2018.  The idea for the service was a collective idea from some of the people on the Ferndale Pride planning recognize all parts of the LGBTQAI community; there are several people in the community that identify as people of faith or have regular spiritual rituals/practices.  The Interfaith Service is a Pride event for LGBTQAI people of diverse faiths to participate.

Secondly, we also wanted to bring leaders from different faith traditions together to show the LGBTQAI community that there were affirming people of faith (and there are LGBTQAI faith leaders).  Last year, the Interfaith Service theme was “Celebrating our LGBTQAI Family.” Affirming faith leaders are often not given the media megaphone.  Religion is often used as a tool for rejection.  The faith and spiritual leaders came together for the 2018 Interfaith Service to celebrate the LGBTQAI community.  Specifically, they came to show their love and support—the faith and spiritual leaders were not there to fill the seats of the church or temple, but to show their commitment to justice for our LGBTQAI siblings.

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow from Detroit MCC brought the theme of the “Spirituality of Stonewall” to our 2019 Ferndale Pride Interfaith Service.  The riots at Stonewall were pivotal from a secular viewpoint, but Rev. Stringfellow recognizes the events at Stonewall as spiritual as well.  For many, our faith/spirituality/connectedness feeds our strength to seek equality in a revolutionary way.  At the 2019 Ferndale Pride Interfaith Service, we will reflect on the revolution that started 50 years ago at Stonewall.

Event:             Ferndale Pride Interfaith Service

The Spirituality of Stonewall

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:           Affirmations

290 W. Nine Mile Road

Ferndale, MI 48220

What: A service bringing together different faith traditions to celebrate the LGBTQAI community.  The participating faith and spiritual leaders are offering their affirming thoughts, reflections, and sharing from their sacred texts.

The 2019 Ferndale Pride theme is recognizing 50 years since the Stonewall riots.  The Interfaith Service participants will speak to the spirituality of Stonewall.  Stonewall provided a safe space for our LGBTQAI family when few safe spaces were available, and the riots gave birth to a movement.  The riots at Stonewall were pivotal from a secular viewpoint; the Ferndale Pride Interfaith Service will reflect and recognize the spirituality present in Stonewall as well.

Who:   Spiritual Reflections and Sharing Provided by:

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, Pastor, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) Detroit

Rev. Stanley Nunn, Wiccan Priest, Pagan Pathways Temple

Jacki Smith, Pagan, Witch, Independent Co-Owner of Candle Wick Shoppe
Rabbi Michael L. Moskowitz, Temple Shir Shalom
Rev. Chris Harris, Associate Rector, Christ Church Cranbrook
Rev. Ric Beattie, Spiritual Leader & Pastor, Unity of Royal Oak
Michelle Fox-Phillips, MCC Deacon and Executive Director for Gender-identity Network Alliance

Spoken Word and Music Provided by:
Rev. Carolyn Mobley-Bowie, Minister of Music

Rev./Chaplain Adrain Mobley-Bowie, Founding Pastor, Breath of Life Spiritual Center MCC

Opening Remarks and Welcome:

Julia Music, Event Chair, Ferndale Pride

David Garcia, Executive Director, Affirmations

Information for Ferndale Pride:

Ferndale Pride website:

Ferndale Pride Interfaith Service event page:


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