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Published: 05/17/2007
Ronald A, Hersom, First Unitarian Church (505) 884-1801,

Inaugural Pride Interfaith Service to kick off Albuquerque Gay Pride Week

Albuquerque church leaders to conduct interfaith service to bring ‘spirit’ into the Albuquerque PRIDE celebration
ALBUQUERQUE - For the first time ever, a PRIDE Interfaith Service will kick-off the Albuquerque Gay PRIDE Week on June 2, 2007.  The 7:00 pm event will bring together Rabbi Joe Black from Temple Albert, The Rev. Christine Robinson from First Unitarian Church, the Rev. Brian Taylor from St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the Rev. Pat Holman from St. Paul’s Lutheran, the Rev. Judith Maynard from the Metropolitan Community Church, the Rev. Trey Hammond from La Mesa Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Lee Albertson from first Congregational Church, the Rev. Sue Gallagher from United Church of Christ.  Ronald A. Hersom, Ministerial Intern of the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque will deliver the sermon – Keepers of theVision.  The service will also feature the New Mexico Women’s Chorus, and the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus.
We all have the capacity for holiness within us- when we exclude people based on sexual orientation- or any other defining characteristic – we deny their essential holiness and, more importantly we deny our own essential holiness.  – Rabbi Joe Black
The event offerings will be equally divided between RAIN (Religious Alliance for Inclusion and Non-Discrimination) Common Bond (a gay youth organization) and NMAS (New Mexico Aids Services).
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