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Monday, April 22, 2024: March with us June 1st & Come Sing for the Interfaith Pride Service on June 2nd

Monday, April 22, 2024: March with us June 1st & Come Sing for the Interfaith Pride Service on June 2nd to show our support for the LGBTQAI+ Community as it faces a housing crisis.

Beloved Community Members: Last year several members of Emmaus marched in the PRIDE Parade with different organizations. And several members of Emmaus (Marcie, Kay, David) joined members of other faith communities and sang at the Interfaith Pride Service the day after the parade -- and we're invited to sing again. So -- there are three different parts of PRIDE we're invited to:

  1. March as an Emmaus Community in the PRIDE Parade.

  2. Rent and staff a booth on the square along with other interfaith groups to introduce Emmaus (the booth costs $150.00)

  3. Sing in the PRIDE Choir on June 2nd at the Unitarian Church starting at 7:00PM.

Here's a note from Gage Purdy, Music Director of the Unitarian Church here in Santa Rosa - and a fabulous song leader. I encourage anyone who has the time and inclination to join the choir and sing at this wonderful event on June 2nd. Here's the note:

"We're thrilled to invite you to be a part of our interfaith choir for the upcoming Pride Service hosted at UUCSR! 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." - Gage


"We will provide sound files and sheet music for all songs to facilitate individual practice and rehearsals can be attended in-person or over Zoom. (See below for the schedule.) Even if you are not able to attend all of the rehearsals, recordings of rehearsals will be posted online for viewing after rehearsal to help you learn your music on your own" - Kyle Pedersen 

Song: We Walk in Love - Deanna Witkowski

Rehearsal Dates:

Thursday, April 25th, 6-7PM (In-person/Zoom rehearsal)

Thursday, May 16th,  6-7PM (In-person/Zoom rehearsal)

Thursday, May 23rd, 7-8 PM ( In-person/Zoom rehearsal)

Thursday, April 25th, 7-8 PM ( In-person rehearsal - with staging and AV)

Rehearsal Location: 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


At UUCSR, we're committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all choir members, and we welcome singers of all backgrounds and skill levels. If you're interested in joining us, please RSVP by April 24th so we can ensure we have enough materials prepared for everyone.


Let's come together to spread love, acceptance, and pride through the joy of music! If you have any questions or need further information, don't hesitate to reach out.



With joy and excitement,


Gage Purdy (he/him)

Music Director, UUCSR

For urgent matters, please contact me via cellphone at:

707-280-6208 (text preferred)


We would love for you to lend your voice to this ensemble - sign up here if you're interested.

Songs (subject to change based upon participant sign-up):

Answering the Call of Love - Jason Shelton

Harmony's Never Too Late - Ahrens/ Flaherty, arr. Hayes OR We Stand on their Shoulders -

And another thing: Last year an interfaith audience met for an inspiring celebration of all our families, friends and allies ion the Queer Community. It was wonderful and we plan on doing it again this year - the day after the Pride March in Santa Rosa. Here's a brief outline we used last year. It will be much the same this year.

(Here's a booth - and we have a tent and sign)


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 Clergy person?

Opening Song 

Reflection I Contact from PI

Prayer : Monk from Whatmahabuddhapum ? 



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?

Items to consider for planning:

-       Who will follow up with Positive Images/other orgs to confirm speakers?

-       Which clergy will fill the other roles?

-       Status of the choir - can we still get more folks involved?

-       Spanish language Interpretation?

-        Who will take care of food after?

-       Security?

-       Call time for folks participating in the service?

Who would like to march in the Pride Parade June 1st?

Should we also rent a booth for Emmaus?


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