Gilead Sabbath: Spring/Summer 2016

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We’re inviting faith communities to observe a Gilead Sabbath between May 13th and the end of June in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and LGBTQ Pride Month. If your congregation chooses to observe a Gilead Sabbath, please let us know by signing up here. Below the form, you’ll find resources to help you observe a Gilead Sabbath on the weekend of May 13th-15th.

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Prayer for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

We give thanks for the sacredness of humanity. We affirm our call to witness and respond to human suffering and brokenness. Where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are persecuted or discriminated against, we must not keep silent. In observation of a Gilead Sabbath on the weekend of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we lament the injustices faced by LGBTQ people in our communities and across the globe. Rooted in awareness, we pray for healing. Anchored in humility, we work for peace and justice. Guided by love, we hope for a world where all people are celebrated and loved, where their rights are secured, and where their sexual and gender diversity is valued.

Prayer for LGBTQ Pride Month

We give thanks for the sacredness of humanity. We affirm our call to witness and respond to human suffering and brokenness. Where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are persecuted or discriminated against, we must not keep silent. In observation of a Gilead Sabbath during the month of LGBTQ Pride, we lament the injustices faced by LGBTQ people in our communities and across the globe. Rooted in awareness, we pray for healing. Anchored in humility, we work for peace and justice. Guided by love, we hope for a world where all people are celebrated and loved, where their rights are secured, and where their sexual and gender diversity is valued.

Sermon Starters

Sunday, May 15th, 2015—Pentecost C
Saturdays May 7th and 14th, 2016–Acherei Mot/Kedoshim

Educational Resources

More information on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia
Films, Web-series, & Op-Docs
Video Stories of LGBTQ People
Photo Exhibits
Reports & Long-Reads
Religious Export of LGBTQ Prejudice

Social Action Resources

Advocate for Global LGBTQ Justice
Location-Specific LGBTQ Organizations
Global LGBTQ Justice Organizations
Social Media Calls to Action

Additional Worship Resources

Prayers
Responsive Reading 
Sermon Starters
Sample Order of Service
Sample E-Blast & Social Media
Share Your Sermon
Social Media-Friendly Prayers

Do you need more information? Want assistance planning your Gilead Sabbath? Interested in placing an op-ed in your local paper?
Click here to contact the Religious Institute