Tonight the Episcopal Cathedral of San Diego had a fundraiser for Pride and the Integrity efforts at GC. David Norgard, the incoming president of Integrity, gave a keynote where he reviewed where we've been and what we hope for. Scott Richardson, the Dean of the Cathedral, gave remarks saying that he hopes he doesn't have to say "the arc of history bends toward justice" AGAIN to comfort people. B033, anyone?
I can't tell you how comforting and hopeful it is to people to feel that the community "has your back". We sat at a table with a church musician, a church camp counselor, a straight couple expecting their first (twins!) and a lesbian couple who just got engaged. This was an enthusiastic bunch who are dedicated to community and improving people's lives. There is a lot to be done, there are many people in need, and excluding people from this work because of who they are or who they love gets in the way of that. It would be hard to leave such an event without feeling positive and hopeful about what they--we-- can accomplish! We really like this community, what they believe in, and what we can do together. And the welcome they give us, bringing us into the family, is remarkable, wonderful, and to be celebrated. Thank you, St Paul's.
I took the liberty of telling the St Paul's folks who are Friends that they are welcome at our meetup in Anaheim.