Croton Clergy Honors Pride Month, Condemn Bigotry in All Forms

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We respond to the ancient call to foster houses of worship that are “Houses of Prayer for All People.”

As clergy in Croton-on-Hudson, this LGBTQ+ Pride Month we joyfully affirm that our congregations are committed to affirming and welcoming spirituality and faith life.

Pride Month, where communities across the country honor peoples including 2 Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and sexual, is commemorated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Instead of shame, the Stonewall Uprising chose defiance against oppressive social norms that denied the image of the holy in each person, norms perpetrated, in many cases, historically by our own faith traditions.

Each of our faith traditions has wrestled with legacies of perpetuating homophobia, transphobia and anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice, and we come forward to repent.

We ask forgiveness for the ways in which our traditions have isolated, hurt and harmed LGBTQ+ siblings. We pledge to foster houses of worship that are allies and partners for transformation and welcome in our culture.

We affirm today that all genders and sexual orientations are whole, holy and good.

We are religious leaders in town and we stand in solidarity with LGBTQ+ families and individuals.

Even as we each represent different theological traditions and religious peoples, we all affirm the dignity of the human person, the transforming power of love and the depth of hope in community.

We decry venomous transphobia, homophobia and indifference – whether on cable news, social media or our own village.

We invite all members of our community to seek love, practice kindness, to side against bigotry and prejudice and to ally and partner for welcoming and solidarity. Our LGBTQ+ siblings have suffered too much and face too many threats to their dignity and livelihood. We say no more.

Let’s make our villages – as people of faith and good will – places of welcome, care and inclusion.

Pastor Bette Sohm
Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, and United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco
Rev. Daniel Lawlor
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley
Rabbi Jennifer Jaech
Temple Israel of Northern Westchester
The Rev. Jennifer Owen
Rector, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. Justin Johnson
Our Saviour Lutheran Church


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