Sunday, June 19, 2016

Iowa City: Faith UCC at Iowa City Pride

Against my better judgement, I found myself organizing a booth at the Iowa City Pride Festival for my church, Faith United Church of Christ, yesterday. Church members prepared snacks and volunteered time at our booth. I was in charge of coordinating the volunteers, setting up the table, and bringing the water.

Of course, I didn't realize until yesterday morning that the church's banner was tucked away in some secret pocket. But Sherry (next to me in this pic) and I improvised and a makeshift church banner was drafted for our table!

With the exception of an hour and a half break in the middle of the afternoon, I sat at the booth with various members of our church (not to mention Husband Mark and little Chevy). Normally we just assure people that the food and water are both free and that we're not fishing for donations. We still got some of that.

But we fielded a lot of questions this year from people who were curious about our church. What do we believe? How would we describe our church? Is it trans-friendly? Is the membership mostly along the LGBT continuum? How do we respond to people traumatized by other church communities?

We gave out a lot of brochures and related materials. Hopefully some of these folks will check us out soon. Or they will find another church that meets their spiritual needs.

All in all, it was a great day and the time went quickly. Plus, we had plenty of shade for most of the afternoon. Bonus!!

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