Come celebrate “Love Within Reach” at Ogden’s first Pride Festival on Aug. 1!
Tim Sharp and Pastor Gage are on the Ogden Pride Board of Directors and have been working with other volunteers, including Andy Nielsen, to plan and organize the festival.
Games, vendors, food, music and even a pet fashion show will entertain folks of all ages from 1:00 to 6:00 PM.
Our church will have a booth, and this is a good way to spread the good news about the Open and
Affirming spirit of Congregational UCC! Keep checking the official website, www.ogdenpride.org, for
The Northern Utah Coalition, GIV Communities, Good Company Theater and our church present a showing of and sing-along with the movie “Rent,” followed by a time of prayer and candlelight commemoration of lives lost to the disease. It starts at 6:00 PM on Monday, Dec. 1, at the old Gold’s Gym, 550 25th St.
Congregational UCC serves dinner for the youth and young adults at OUTreach Resource Centers on the third Wednesdays of the month. If you would like to provide food, please see Carl Tasso. If you want to help serve, arrive at OUTreach, 2760 Adams Avenue, at 5:15 PM that day.
Weber State University will provide Safe Zone Training from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, Nov. 22, at First United Methodist Church, 1339 W. 400 N., Marriott-Slaterville.
This topic of creating a safe zone for LGBT persons is relevant for our churches and our need to be hospitable and safe places. It is also relevant to our church members right before Thanksgiving and the holiday season when extended families get together and all kinds of family issues arise.
Here is a description of the Safe Zone Training from WSU presenter Karlee Berezay: Participants in the LGBT Resource Center Safe Zone Training can expect to be provided with basic information about the LGBT Community including topics such as sexuality, gender identity and expression, terminology, homophobia, heterosexism and ally development. Each session is taught in a safe environment, open to all questions and concerns about the LGBT community. The interactive and discussion-based experience will give participants the tools to be an effective ally for someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
Congregational UCC will be assisting with the Thanksgiving meal at OUTreach Resource Centers at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 26. See Kim Harbath if you are interested in helping.
OUTreach is at 705 23rd St.
While the number of uninsured LGBT has decreased since the Affordable Care Act’s provisions requiring Americans to have health insurance, the number of LGBT that are uninsured is greater than non-LGBT.
The LGBT community is one of the many groups targeted by the Obama administration for enrollment for health insurance. Both LGBT and non-LGBT populations saw a drop in their uninsured status, but the gap remains.
One possible reason for this gap is that LGBT adults are significantly more likely to report that they did not have enough money to purchase health insurance (25 percent of LGBT adults as compared with 17 percent of non-LGBT).
LGBT women are nearly twice as likely as non-LGBT women to lack a personal physician. The gap between LGBT men and non-LGBT men was not found to be significant.
What are the implications from this study for our church? We can support politicians and policy proposals that work for equity for the LBGT community nationally. We can find out more about the health needs of our local LGBT community.
I propose that we form an ongoing group to address these issues. I am willing to be a member of this group. It is one thing to say we are Open and Affirming and another thing to become actively involved. Anyone else who is interested please contact me.
Gary J. Gates is a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, and is the source for the above information.
— Marty Mayo
About 10 members of our church participated in at least one Utah Pride 2014 event this year, from the Interfaith Service to the Pride March & Rally to the Pride Parade.
A highlight of the festival was helping to carry the huge rainbow flag in the parade. Here’s a gallery of photos from the Pride events.
Pastor Gage and CUCC member Carl Tasso gave blessings at the 13th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Service at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City on Thursday night. Here is a report from Fox13 TV. Both Gage and Carl appear in the video:
Interfaith Service Kicks Off Utah Pride Festival