9th Annual Multi-faith Pride Service

    September 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church
    4625 E River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85718

    “Join us for the 9th Annual Multi-Faith PRIDE Service. We will have nationally renowned speakers on LGBTQ+ inclusion in faith communities, music from Desert Voices and a drum circle.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 150 people at this multi-faith service tonight. Welcome to the “beauty of souls together” by Rev. Jim Wiltbank of St. Francis UMC; call to “ancient powers to speak out against hatred & inequality” by Tucson Area Wiccan Network’s Patrick Campion, readings by One Strand, Many Colors committee – various faith traditions of Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Mormon, Islamic, Judaism, Navajo/Dine; harpist Megha Morganfield sang 2 songs, “Can We Hold Hands?” and “Dreaming You”. Reflections by Dr. Michael Adee about neo colonialism, anti-gay sentiments in Uganda and Africa, showing of “The Welcome” Bollywood film; Bryce Cook from Mormon church who said they were “making progress”, as he had 2 gays sons of 6 kids, spoke of Eve choosing to be cast out of Eden; transgendered Diana Thacker reported on Camp Born This Way (elem./teen summer camp) for Trans & gender-diverse young people, up to 112 campers this year. Songs by Desert Voices: “Walk With Me” and “Born This Way”, with SAAF offering for this camp. Closing remarks by Grace Hartman of Jewish Interfaith with “loving acceptance” prayer; heartfelt thanks from Denise Nagy, Director of this Pride service, that we are now “all better together”, and Benediction by Rev. Wiltbank saying to “choose love”. Drumming circle/percussion instruments outside, with refreshments in the lobby. Various info tables outside of this new community facility at St. Francis.


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