45th Cincinnati Pride Festival, June 23

Pride Parade, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:00 AM, Downtown Cincinnati

You can show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community by marching in the Cincinnati Pride Parade. This is a family-friendly event; we had UU kids of all ages marching in the past. If you have a yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” tee shirt, this is a great opportunity to wear it. UUs will meet at the designated staging area.  Look for the UU float and come early to help decorate.  The “float” will be the van with the big chalice on it.  For those who cannot walk the parade route there are several spots in the van available. Look for information being updated regularly at the Cincinnati UU Meetup. https://www.meetup.com/Cincinnati-UU-Meetup Join the Meetup and updates will be emailed to you.

Parade step off is at 11:00 vehicles need to be in line by about 10 people by 10:30.  Please wear your yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” shirts and bring signs.  We will have UU signs and SSL signs. Homemade signs, especially those about transgender rights or other LGBT issues, are most welcome.  If you need shirts you can order from uuabookstore.org.  The parade ends at Sawyer Point.   For more information on marching with other UUs, contact MJ Pierson at mjpier0410@aol.com.

Info on the Parade Route: The Parade will start at the intersection of 7th Street and Central Avenue, follow 7th Street to the intersection at Vine Street, then follow Vine Street past Fountain Square and around The Banks on 2nd/Main, before continuing onto Freedom Way and down to the festival grounds at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove. Parade walkers will come enter park after end of parade route to public landing. Vehicles/Floats will empty onto the Access road of Yeatman’s Cove down the access road to Butler Street and exit down Butler Street.

Cincinnati Pride Festival UU Booth, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove, Cincinnati

You can show support for the LGBTQ community and help people learn about Unitarian Universalism. It’s a lot of fun working a shift at the booth, talking with people, handing out information, and watching the crowd. The Pride Festival takes place at Sawyer Point and once again is free for everyone! There’s food, drinks, vendors, and entertainment to fill your Saturday afternoon with fun.  Area UU congregations work together in the information booth. Booth activity starts at the end of the parade and goes until about 9 PM. We do not have our location assigned yet but it too will be put on the UU Meetup updates. Join meetup at https://www.meetup.com/Cincinnati-UU-Meetup and we will send email updates automatically. Sign up online to help at the booth at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba4a822a20-pride  


Standing Together on the Side of Love

Members of the Hopedale UU Community were participants in the Unite Miami: Love is Our Resistance event on the Miami University Campus on October 25. It was heartwarming to see so many students, faculty and others in the larger community turn out for an afternoon of affirmed support for our GLBTQ neighbors and friends. There were also people on hand from the Heritage and Northern Hills UU churches.
The event was organized as a peaceful response to the visit of Westboro Baptist Church to Miami U. Only a handful of the WBC picketers visited the campus. In response to their message of Hate, hundreds rallied to a rousing chorus of Love. Hopedale is grateful to the event organizers for gathering speakers, music and friendly people and to Spectrum for its advising role. -Submitted by Liz Woedl, photos by Cindie Ulreich

Hopedale Will be Standing on the Side of Love

Members of the Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community of Oxford will join with numerous other community groups on Tuesday, October 25, to stand in opposition to the picketing Westboro Baptist Church at Miami University. Hopedale is a part of the national “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The campaign elevates compassionate religious voices to fight oppression.
Miami’s Spectrum group is coordinating action against the anti-gay Westboro group’s plan to picket on campus. Plans for the peaceful counter-picket event can be found at the Spectrum Website. – Submitted by Judi Hetrick

Response to Westboro Baptist Church Visit

During a four stop visit the Ohio the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) will visit Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, October 25, 2011  4:15 PM – 4:45 PM. In addition, the WBC will also picket Ohio State University and two high schools including Oak Hills H.S. in Cincinnati.

As a public response to the upcoming WBC visit, a Facebook page Unite Miami: Love is Our Resistance promotes a “community celebration of diversity and compassion in the face of the Westboro Baptist message of hatred.” This event will be on the same date Tuesday, October 25, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, at the Central Quad, Miami U. For more information please visit the Spectrum website. – Submitted by Liz Woedl

Homosexuality and the Bible

Saturdays Oct. 1, 8, and 22 the Campus Ministry Center will be hosting the workshop “Homosexuality and the Bible” from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Get a chance to read and discuss all the passages that mention homosexuality in the Bible in context. Donuts, Danishes and juice and coffee will be provided.  Rev. Mike Underhill, one of our CMC Board Members teaches the workshop which considers the Biblical passages used to “clobber” people.  All are welcome. The CMC is located at 16 S. Campus Avenue, Oxford, OH. For more information please contact the center at 513) 523-4848 or lightsoncampus@gmail.com. – Submitted by Lights on Campus and posted by Liz Woedl

Polls Say “I Do”

For the first time in many years Pew Research polls indicate most people support allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. Related polls also show shifting opinions. Those people born after 1965 show the most support for same-sex marriage. Those born before 1964 are mostly opposed but, even in this age group, support is growing.  – Submitted by Liz Woedl

Pride Abounds in Summer Events

UU Chalice on Parade in Mason, OhioThe UU Council of Greater Cincinnati sponsored the Interfaith Pride Worship Service held at St. John’s on Thursday, June 7.  Thanks to the work of Bruce Beisner and many others we filled the sanctuary and greeted participants from about 15 different faith communities.  The service was wonderful and everyone thanked we UUs for making it such an Interfaith experience.
Following the Pride Service the UUCGC had an Information Booth at both the Covington Pride event and the Cincinnati Pride event.  UUs stayed in the booth and had conversations with festival goers and gave out information about what UUism is all about.  For some, being in the booth was a new experience, but everyone seemed to have a good time hanging out.
UU participation ing the Cincinati Pride Parade featured a giant Flaming Chalice with flames attached to the top of a car representing all 6 Greater Cincinnati Congregations. The Flaming chalice also made an appearance at the Mason Heritage Parade (above). – Submitted by Liz Woedl