New Ways Ministry to Participate in World Pride Celebration in London

World Pride, an international celebration of all things LGBT, will be held in London this year, and New Ways Ministry will be there.

Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director (and your humble author/editor of this blog), will be crossing the Atlantic to join with thousands  of LGBT leaders from around the world.  The World Pride 2012 website describes the event:

“The LGBT community from across the globe is expected to descend on the city for two weeks from 23 June – 8 July for a festival of art, culture and campaigning culminating with the Parade through central London on Saturday 7 July.”

DeBernardo will serve on a panel at a conference entitled “Mind the Gap: Faith and LGBT Rights, ” a multi-faith, multi-national event, on Thursday, July 5th, 12 noon-5:00 pm, at Friends Meeting House, 52 St. Martin’s, Lane, London WC2N 4EA. For information, contact: cuttingedgeconsortium1@googlemail.com, or go to http://www.cuttingedgeconsortium.co.uk.

Francis DeBernardo

He will also conduct New Ways Ministry’s very popular “Next Steps: Developing LGBT Ministry” program on Saturday, June 23rd,  St. Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 6AF.  For registration details: info@sohomasses.com, or  + 44 208 986 0807.

DeBernardo will carry the New Ways Ministry banner in the Pride Parade on Sunday, July 7th, along with scores of other LGBT faith groups.

“I’m excited at this opportunity to connect with LGBT advocates from all over, particularly those from the faith community,” said DeBernardo, who was the keynote speaker at the conference on religion and homosexuality at the first World Pride celebration in Rome, Italy, in 2000.  “We have so much to learn from one another, and this is a great opportunity to show one another support.”

London has a strong Catholic LGBT community, with diocesan-sposored semi-monthly liturgies, called the Soho Masses.  A national organization, Quest, also helps to facilitate activities and programs there.  Additionally, the Roman Catholic Caucus of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement also coordinates activities.  The blog, QueeringTheChurch.com, is an excellent resource on news, opinions and events of concern to Catholic LGBT people in the UK.

DeBernardo will be traveling to London on June 18th to meet informally with London’s LGBT and Catholic church reform leaders before World Pride begins. Stay tuned for photos and posts on this blog beginning after that date!

–Dwayne Fernandes, New Ways Ministry

About these ads

6 Responses to New Ways Ministry to Participate in World Pride Celebration in London

  1. Brother Benilde Montgomery, O.S.F. says:

    Frank: What a wonderful and generous thing you are doing! I’m proud to be a New Ways member and for you to represent us wherever you are. London! How great! You will be in my prayers while you are away (as I get older I think God actually listens to me, or am I just desperate?) Whatever…the prayers will be for you so I know She will listen. God bless as always! and Thank you!

  2. Casey Lopata says:

    Terrific, Frank! Blessings!

    • Anne Underwood says:

      Fantastic, Frank! During the convening, I hope you can consider how Pride Communities in the former Soviet Block nations can become more active in this group. For the 2d year, I’m in Bratislava participating in Pride events. The hope and activities are so inspiring, but the financial resources so minimal — and Catholic presence? Not!

  3. [...] I mentioned here previously, I will be participating on a panel at a multi-national, ecumenical conference as part of World [...]

  4. [...] New Ways Ministry to Participate in World Pride Celebration in London (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com) [...]

  5. [...] New Ways Ministry to Participate in World Pride Celebration in London (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com) [...]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 895 other followers

%d bloggers like this: