Monday, April 14, 2014

UU Church of Fresno Welcomes Gay Central Valley




Gay Central Valley would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno. On Sunday, the UU church invited us to participate in their Sunday service, “Exploring My Identity”. 

Chris Jarvis, President of Gay Central Valley attended the service with his husband, James Hensley, and spoke briefly about the mission of Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center. Donations from those in attendance on Sunday will be donated to Gay Central Valley.

The program of the day, highlighting youth attending the church, was moving and inspiring. Several members of the youth group spoke personally to the congregation about who they are, their feelings and experiences. LGBT issues were prevalent in the conversations, as well as social justice and reflections on science and religion, including many speaking about their positions as atheists. 

Unique spoken reflections and closing words from the film “The Breakfast Club” said volumes about how these young people feel and struggle with who they are. A moving performance by Stefani Germanotta of “Born This Way” closed the service.

We can’t stress enough how confirming the UU Church is. Everyone is welcome, including those with and without a faith base. This church is clearly about community rather than ideology.

Gay Central Valley is proud to be working with the UU Church again this year, for the third year in a row, to bring high quality, LGBT based theater to Fresno. We will once again partner with the New Conservatory Theater Center of San Francisco.

On May 3rd, “Standing On Ceremony” will be staged at the church, with all proceeds benefitting Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center. After the play there will be a free wedding reception with complimentary wedding cake and champagne.

Please visit THIS LINK to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets.

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