“Gracious God Sacred of all Life, Giver of blessings great and small. We call upon you this day to be with us here, now, as we throw open the doors widely to honor all who have served and are serving- and the men and women who love them. God of Peace. God of Love. We give thanks for the courage of those who went before us to make this day possible. We give thanks for the calling on our lives to serve the greater good and to make a better and brighter day for generations to come. ~Amen”
Military Partners and Families Coalition Beyond 61 Reception on September 2011 to Celebrate Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – Invocation given by Rev. Rebekah Montgomery; Army National Guard Chaplain
Bless All Who Serve: Sources of Hope, Courage and Faith for Military Personnel and Their Families. A pocket-sized book of readings and songs from many faith traditions, ancient and modern, plus reflections by veterans and military chaplains. Speaks to themes of commitment, courage, patriotism, freedom, strength and service. Reflection topics include fear of injury and death, grief, peace and violence, hope and despair, separation from loved ones and honoring the fallen.
Affirming and Welcoming Communities
United Church of Christ: The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination primarily in the Reformed tradition but also historically influenced by Lutheranism. Principally in the United States, the UCC was formed in 1957 by the union of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. These two denominations, which were themselves the result of earlier unions, had their roots in Congregational, Christian, Evangelical, and Reformed denominations. The UCC’s 5,320 congregations claim about 1.1 million members.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington: A diverse, welcoming community of open hearts and minds since 1948.
The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists: The mission of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists is to create and support a community of churches, organizations and individuals committed to the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the full life and mission of Baptist churches’ Christian Network.
Metropolitan Community Church: The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) or The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) is an international Protestant Christian denomination. The Fellowship is considered by many to be a liberal mainline church. There are 250 member congregations in 23 countries, and the Fellowship has a specific outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families and communities.
Agape Empowerment Ministries; Savannah, GA: A safe space for all people.
Forum on the Military Chaplaincy : This group is made up of former and current military chaplains, who provided assistance in DADT days, albeit under the radar, are in the vanguard of those seeking equal rights for all.
Gay Church: A web site dedicated to ministering to the gay and lesbian Christian community (GLBT) and friends of our community. We feature one of the largest gay and lesbian affirming Christian church directories and bulletin boards in the world.
Diocese of Uniformed Services and Chaplaincy (DUSC): is dedicated to caring for the spiritual well lbeing of our LGBT active military personnel (LGBT-AMP), their partners and families. Our goal is to provide the LGBT-AMP with resources that address the whole person, and provide assessable chaplains to serve any spiritual need, regardless of religious affiliation. We work with military personnel of all faiths and none. Through our Ministry of Presence, DUSC intends to be assessable, responsive and engaged with the spiritual needs of the LGBT military community. We are available for support, advocacy and stand in solidarity with your freedom of expression. For the chaplaincy support phone line and schedule go to www.ocdusc.com/lgbt