BLOG: Interfaith worship service draws crowd at Pridefest

Monday, June 14, 2010 | 11:36 a.m. CDT; updated 12:45 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 14, 2010
Nan George, center, a Quaker and member of the Columbia Friends Meeting, invites attendees of the Mid-Mo Pridefest to join in an interfaith service Sunday, June 13. George emphasized that the Quakers are an inclusive, peace-based church.

The Rev. Cathy Rosenholtz received some suspicious reactions from business owners when she asked them for permission to hang fliers about an interfaith worship service at the Mid-Mo Pridefest.

Even if they didn't say anything, Rosenholtz said she noticed the look on people's faces when she mentioned the words "worship" and "pride" together.

"They thought it would be a protest or intolerant worship experience," Rosenholtz said.

Once she explained that the service was actually supportive of the LGBT community, Rosenholtz said most people were excited to have the flier in their stores.

Rosenholtz, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America denomination, was one of several speakers at the outdoor interfaith worship service Sunday at Peace Park.

The service attracted about 100 people, and many other people attending Pridefest paused by the tent to listen for a few minutes between their other activities.

"We need to acknowledge that a message of love for the GLBTQA community is not what GLBTQA has always heard from the Christian church," Rosenholtz said during her "Message of Love."

Read the rest of the story on the Missourian Neighborhood News blog.

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