After the Easter rites ended, LGBT Christian groups, and Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Waldensian and other denomination communities and parishes all over the world will join together in an extraordinary ecumenical event marking the 2015 International Day against Homo/Bi/Transphobia. The groups have started organizing the Vigils to remember and give acknowledgement to all the victims of violence related to gender identity and sexual orientation.
We will remember Mary, Angela, Ibrahim, Pedro, and many other people whose lives were affected by prejudice, violence, assault, and foundamentalism, because they had the courage to live the way God created them.
2015 is the 8th year that Progetto Gionata assists groups all over the world in the organization of vigils of prayers. This year, the Vigil official verse will be taken from Psalm 139 “God made me like Wonder”. Nobody can judge or exclude another on God’s name “by teaching doctrines that are worldly rules” (Marc, 7:1-13).
We will pray all together in order to be the light of hope in our societies, in our churches, in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. We will pray after so many churches have been for too long time place of discrimination, where the Gospel of freedom has been used to exclude, to draw boundaries and to exclude sisters and brothers. We will pray to find God in our deep silence, and in our relationships. We will pray to discover the joy and the gift of God in our diversities. We will pray our Lord Jesus to show himself to us through his love and his judgement on discrimination, on oppression, and on exclusion. We will pray to ask all together God to give us strength, clarity, joy, and good relations based on justice and peace.
Vigils and Sunday services will give praise to the victims and will pray to overcome the prejudice. We invite you, your community, your group, your parish, to join this global call and to organize a service or a vigil or a prayer service for IDAHOT.
Progetto Gionata, the Christian LGBT European Forum, and the Italian Commission of the Baptist, Methodist and Waldensian Churches, are preparing some suggested material for the preparation of the Vigil.
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