Shower of Stoles Project

Visit the interfaith “Shower of Stoles Project” installation in Temple Isaiah’s lobby Pride Weekend.

It’s a traveling national tribute to religious leaders who lost their jobs because they were gay.

This is the first time a large portion of the collection will be on display in the Coachella Valley!

“The Shower of Stoles is displayed with the profound hope that God’s loving church will someday fully recognize and accept its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members,” Shower of Stoles Project.

Presented by Temple Isaiah and Bloom in the Desert Ministries UCC. Open Friday evening Nov 2, Saturday and Sunday afternoons Nov 3 & 4.  www.welcomingresources.org

This extraordinary collection celebrates the gifts of GLBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The collection bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that the church has brought upon itself because of its own unjust policies.

The vast majority of the stoles have been sent in by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people themselves. Some have been sent by family or friends to honor a GLBT loved one. About one third of all the stoles are donated anonymously; in fact over three-quarters of the stoles donated specifically by clergy and other full-time church professionals are done so anonymously.

In some cases, a church has sent a stole inscribed only with the church’s name, or with the names of both gay and straight members, to honor those in that particular congregation who must remain anonymous. All of the stoles, named or anonymous, contain stories, prayers, or other messages.

 

 


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