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Friday, May 10, 2024: Announcements (liturgy meeting confirmed) PRIDE March & Celebration & Discussion on Palestine/Israel

Updated: May 13

Friday, May 10, 2024: Announcements (liturgy meeting confirmed) PRIDE March & Celebration & Discussion on Palestine/Israel!

Hello Dear Community Members:

Lots of announcements today:


The Liturgy Committee (Steve Lyman and Dan Vrooman) are inviting everyone interested in the development of our Sunday celebrations to participate in a meeting either in person or on Zoom. We'll have time to delve into the liturgy resources Emmaus has created over the years. We'll also have time for discussion about the format for creating new liturgies and also explore aspects of our shared faith.

When: June 4th, 2024.

Time: Noon - 3:00PM

In Person at Knox Presbyterian &Thanksgiving Lutheran Church

1650 W. Third St.

Santa Rosa, CA 95401 

For our Zoom family members:

Join Zoom Meeting with this link:

Passcode: 1234

Meeting ID: 519 315 8573

Passcode: 1234

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We have an opportunity to show our support for the LGBTQIA + Community by participating tin PRIDE Activities:

June 1st: Pride March in downtown Santa Rosa

with many other faith communities and member organizations affiliated with the Queer Community such as North Bay Organizing Project and Positive Images.

Positive Images provides support to the North Bay’s LGBTQIA+ population, with an emphasis on identities and individuals at the margins – including transgender and nonbinary individuals, LGBTQIA+ people of color, Latine families, neurodivergent people, and disabled people. We are dedicated to providing essential services that encompass mental health support, advocacy, and education."

Check out the YouTube about Positive Images

During the PRIDE March we'll walk slowly (or ride in our Toyota truck for those who may find it more comfortable) from Brookwood to Mendocino Avenue (past old courthouse square). The organizers pof the march encourage us to make a float and the folks at Positive Images are holding times to design and build the floats (very simple floats consisting mainly of cardboard cutouts). We'll hold our Emmaus banner and joiun with our friends at Knox and Thanksgiving. Should be fun.

Immediately after the parade, we can follow the music and explore the Square community festival, newly expanded onto Fourth Street. Take some time to stroll and shop at the many local vendors offering an eclectic mix of clothing, gifts and hand-crafted art.

Check out a wide range of non-profit organizations (including many faith communities and question -- should we have an Emmaus booth?) Learn about the excellent work for the community.

June 2nd. at the Unitarian Universalist church we'll celebrate a


7pm - Unitarian Universalist Cchurch Santa Rosa

Interfaith Service and Religious Witness for Queer Rights


  • Prelude  LGBTGQ+ Choir Singing

  • Processional Area Faith Leaders process in together

  • Welcome Rev. Dave

  • Land Acknowledgement/Harm Acknowledgment to LGBTQAI+ Rev. Bev/Others

  • Opening Prayer: Pastor Janet

  • Opening Song

  • Reflection I Person from Positive Images

  • Prayer: Buddhist Monk from Whatmahabudhapum

  • Song

  • Reflection II Contact from Translife

  • Prayer Clergyperson?

  • Special Music  Justice Choir

  • Reflection III  Contact from LGBTQ Connection

  • Prayer  Clergyperson

  • Closing Music  Justice Choir

  • Sending forth/Benediction/etc Clergyperson

Want to sing in the choir?

You're invited to be a part of our Interfaith Choir for the upcoming Interfaith Pride Service hosted by the Unitarrian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa.  This is an incredible opportunity for us to come together as a diverse community and celebrate pride in all its forms through the power of music.


We will provide sound files and sheet music for all songs, for individual practice. Rehearsals are both in-person and online. 

Rehearsal Dates:

Thursday, May 16 — 6:00 to 7:00 pm (In-person AND Online)

Thursday, May 23 — 7:00 to 8:00 pm (In-person AND Online)


Sunday, June  — Arrive 6:30pm - celebration starts at 7:00 pm

Even if you can't attend all of the rehearsals, recordings of rehearsals will be posted online for viewing and  learning the music on your own.


    .   CLICK HERE  .  for further information. 


    For Questions email Gage Purdy (great guy) at

Announcement #3:

Upcoming Talk on Palestine & Isarael

at Knox/Thanksgiving Church

Date: Friday May 17, 2024

Time: 6:00pm

Here's a letter from Pastor Janet (Pastor of Knox/Thanksgiving) 

Dear Friends,


We are writing to extend you a friendly invitation. The Knox Presbyterian / Thanksgiving Lutheran faith community, in connection with the Emmaus Community (Sonoma County), will be sponsoring a talk, “Roots and Reality of the Middle East Conflict,” with speakers Therese Mughannam and Sam Tuttelman. The talk will take place on Friday, May 17th, at 6:00 pm at Knox/Thanksgiving Church, 1650 W. Third Street, in Santa Rosa.


We look forward to this special opportunity to learn more about Middle East history, about peacekeeping and faith, and about the personal experiences of our speakers (see their bios, below). We are not publicizing in the larger community but are extending this invitation to you and your people for a thoughtful, intimate gathering. A small reception will follow the talk.


We’d appreciate a response if you will be attending, and if you’ll let us know how many people from your faith community will join us.

Many blessings,

 Pastor Janet Blair


Speaking on May 17th:

Therese Mughannam is a Palestinian American who has been telling the story of Palestinians for about 30 years in Sonoma County and the Bay Area, drawing from personal family stories and experiences in and about Palestine.


Sam Tuttelman is a retired social worker who has lived in Sonoma County since 1968. He is a second-generation Jewish American who has come to support the Palestinian struggle for freedom and dignity.

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