Saturday, June 27 | All Day
Metropolitan New York Synod invites you to celebrate PRIDE 2020 and join us at:
QUEER & FAITHFUL, a festival of conversations with authors, preachers, bishops, mission developers, artists, ministry/organizational leaders, and activists, lifting up queer voices in our church, and those who minister to them.






  • & INFORMED |10 am:  A beginner's introduction to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression language and terminology, using resources from ReconcilingWorks, with Christopher Vergara, MNYS Advocacy Taskforce Chair.
  • & DRAG STORY TIME | 11 am: For our youngest members, join Vice-President Renée Wicklund as we listen to special synodical guest drag queen, Coco Taylor, read some inspiring books about celebrating differences and inclusion.
  • & BISHOP | 12 pm: Join our Bishop Paul Egensteiner, as he speaks with fellow Bishop Kevin Strickland, of the Southeastern Synod, about his journey of being queer & faithful.
  • & CALLED | 1 pm: Learn about Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, with Executive Director, The Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson, and MNYS Proclaimers The Rev. Kelsey Brown (Mission Developer at Jehu’s Table) and The Rev. Mark Erson (Pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church, Manhattan), moderated by our synod’s Candidacy Coordinator, The Rev. Becca Seely.
  • & RACE | 2 pm: Listen as we dive into the intersection of queer and BIPOC identities with The Rev. Kelsey Brown and Andy Jean, activist and artist, moderated by Assistant to the Bishop The Rev. Kevin Vandiver.
  • & SERVING | 3 pm: The Rev. Heidi Neumark, author and Executive Director of Trinity Place Shelter, and The Rev. Emily M. D. Scott, church planter and author of For All Who Hunger, moderated by Administrative Director of Trinity Services and Food for the HomelessAlex Lawrence, share their experiences serving queer communities. 
  • & JOURNEYING | 4 pm: Navigate the unique crossroads of queer identity in immigrant communities with The Rev. Nicole Garcia, first publicly-identified trans-Latina pastor of the ELCA, and MNYS Sanctuary/AMMPARO Ministry Coordinator, The Rev. Fabián Arias, moderated by Assistant to the Bishop Roberto Lara.
  • & LOOKING AHEAD | 5 pm: Young(er) queer MNYS voices, including The Rev. Kelsey BrownThe Rev. Analyse Triolo, Assistant to the Bishop Roberto Lara, and Alex Lawrence, look at what work lies ahead for the queer community of faith and the church, moderated by The Rev. Jared Stahler.
  • & WORSHIP | 7 pm: MNYS Pride Service of the Word with Affirmation of Christian Vocation, with Bishop Paul Egensteiner, presiding; and The Rev. Nicole Garcia, preaching.




"This week, in our world and in our synod, we celebrate PRIDE. In these events, we recognize those around us and in our congregations who have suffered because of their orientation and identity, and we celebrate with them and thank God for the gifts they bring as members of our communities. We are invited to turn rejection into welcome, after too many years of exclusion.
This is an observance and celebration of our synod. In the midst of our God-given diversity, we take this time to recognize those among us who are queer* and who are just as much God’s children as anyone else."
*If the word “queer” causes concern or confusion, follow this link from “ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation” for helpful background on its proper use.