During the month of June our lessons will focus on Equality, the “E” in SPICES! Here is a heart-warming story that highlights a community supporting equality:
A Texas bakery lost customers after selling rainbow Pride cookies. Thanks to supporters, it has sold out of cookies every day since
“The initial poor response stung Confections bakery co-owner Dawn Cooley, who runs the bakery with her sister, Miranda. But for every negative comment or bad review they’ve received as a result of the rainbow-striped cookies, there are ‘20 positive ones’ that make all the difference, she said. Click here to read the full article by CNN.
Quakers, seeing that of God in everyone, have been long-time supporters of LGBTQ rights. Visit the following websites to learn more:
- Religion Dispatches: Gay, Black, and Quaker: History Catches Up with Bayard Rustin by Leigh Eason, June 25, 2012
- The Guardian: Quakers mark 50 years since gay rights affirmation by Peter Walker, September 13, 2013
- Pink News: Quakers believe that all are born equal and our love is equal too, October 6, 2016
- Quaker Speak Video: My Journey as a Transgender Quaker. After decades of depression and despair, an unexpected question changed everything for Chloe Schwenke, then known as Stephen: “Do you think you might be a woman?” Chloe’s journey began, and her Quaker meeting learned along with her. Content warning: suicide. Click here to watch the video.
- Loudoun Pride Picnic & Festival: Sunday, June 13th, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Foxridge Park, 525 Catoctin Cir SW, Leesburg, VA 20175 Loudoun’s first annual Loudoun Pride picnic and festival! Click here to learn more.
From Faith & Practice
From Advices: “It is important to realize that equality does not mean sameness. Each person is a separate individual and should have the opportunity to pursue their own gifts. To deny anyone the right to develop their full potential for any reason is not equality. Cultural and other differences among us weave a tapestry that is immeasurably enriched by our diversity. It is the right of every person to be treated with dignity and respect.” – Faith & Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Second Reading, 2013 (p. 80)
From the Bible
Romans 12: 3-8
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
- In addition to Equality, how do the other SPICES (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship) relate to Pride Month?
- In what ways can you show respect to others in your day to day activities?
- How do others support you and your individual gifts?
Book Pick of the Week
It’s Not Easy Being Green by Jim Henson, the Muppets, and Friends
“Culled from the Jim Henson Company archives, program transcripts, personal letters, and interviews, along with some of Henson’s never-before-published writings, “It’s Not Easy Being Green” offers a testament on life, friendship, individuality, and creativity from Henson and his characters. – Alibris
Video Pick of the Week
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