"Honoring the Richness of Diversity"

An Interfaith Serivce and Flower Communion

September 17, 2005 Joe Chillura Park Tampa, FL (approximately 125 in attendance)

On June 15th 2005, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners adopted a policy that "county government abstain from acknowledging, promoting and participating in Gay Pride recognition and events, little g, little p." In response, the faith based community invites you to join us in an interfaith service. We will create a sacred space to offer healing and hope as we blend musical offerings, symbols, chants, prayers, and other elements important to a variety of faith traditions. As people of faith, we stand in united opposition to any and all public polices that deny civil rights and protection for all people regardless of race, color, religion, disability, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We will also be collecting non-perishable items for the hurricane disaster relief communities.

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Pre-Service Musical Offerings Various Faith Communities

Everything Possible, Fred Small, performed by Bill Blymiller Read the Lyrics

The Owl's Wing (written by Lloyd Goldstein) and Amazing Grace, performed by Lloyd Goldstein on Double Bass

Shofar-Rams Horn Rabbi Shimon Moch

Sacred Drumming Circle CUUPs

Buddhist Singing Bowls Fernando Senior

Jewish Prayer Shema Israel Rabbi Shimon Moch

"Hear O Israel, the Eternal is our God, the Eternal is One! Blessed be the glory of God's majesty now and forever."

Shema Yisrael She-ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu A-do-nai e-had. (2X) Chorus: She-ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai ehad. Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai ehad. Barukh sheim kevod shem kevod malkhuto, le-olam va-ed. (2X) Chorus: She-ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai ehad. Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai ehad.

Call To Worship and Invocation to the Four Quarters

by Rena Bird, Mary Francis, Ollis Hughes and Susan Miller

Processional Hymn Bring Many Names

Opening Prayer Rev Vicki Walker

Hyde Park United Methodist Church

Welcome (Soon to be posted) Rev Phyullis Hunt

MCC Tampa, Metropolitan Comunity Church

"On Celebrating Diversity With Our Faith In God"

By Rabbi Stephen F. Moch

Congregation B’nai Emmunah

"Confrontations that Bring Transformations"

Rev. Dr. Warren Clark First United Church of Tampa

Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation

Here is the Buddhist perspective delivered as part of the service by Rick Ferriss, of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Choir Offertory Something Inside So Strong (Words and music by Labi Siffre copyright 1987 Empire Music Limited) Mass Choir Lyrics

Flower Communion (Soon to be posted) Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley

Minister at Unitarian Universalist Chuch of Tampa

We are standing on the side of love: Hands joined together as hearts beat as one. Emboldened by faith, we dare to proclaim we are standing on the side of love. We are standing on the side of love.

Closing Remarks (Soon to be posted) Rev Phyllis Hunt

Closing Prayer (Soon to be posted) Rev Ricc Rollins

Pastor of Breath of Life Fellowship Community Church

Closing Benediction and Release of the Four Quarters

by Rena Bird, Mary Francis, Ollis Hughes, and Susan Miller

Recessional Hymn We are Marching Community

In this world, hate never yet dispelled hate, Only love dispels hate, This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.--The Buddha

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We are greateful to each of you for joining hearts as we celebrate our rich diversity and proclaim as people of faith that all people count and deserve civil rights and equality. We also extend our gratitude to these worship centers and organizations for their generous contributions to this interfaith worship service and the work of social justice for all:

Buddhist Peace Fellowship-Tampa, FL, Bread of Life-Tampa, FL, Breath of Life-Tampa, FL, Congregation B'nai Emmunah- Tarpon Springs, Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans- Tampa, FL, Equality Florida-St Petersburg, First United Church of Tampa-Tampa, FL, Flowers and More-Zephyrhills, King of Peace-St Petersburg, Metropolitan Communiity Church of Tampa-Tampa, FL, Potter House Fellowship- Tampa, FL And our Friends in the Great Tampa Bay Community And a special thanks to Joe Weinstein--through his focus, passion, and persistence this service worked in seamless and beautiful expressions of unity. Thank you Joe