As we made our slow way back to where I had abandoned the car, laden with placards and banner and toddler, I was stopped by a gentleman asking whether we were going to a protest.
“No!” I said. “It was Gay Pride!”
He read the text of one of my by now quite soggy placards.
St Mary’s Cathedral: Open, Inclusive, Welcoming
“And, erm, were you protesting it?” he asked, looking hopeful.
“Of course not,” sayeth I. “We’ve been suppporting it.” And, pulling out one of the lines that I’d been using on people all morning when I’d worried that they might think that I was trying to save them, “We’re the good kind of church!”
He didn’t like that at all.
It’s true, though.
And don’t forget about this:
An enormous thanks to everyone who walked today with the Scottish Episcopalian crowd at Gay Pride in Glasgow.
I thought this morning that I would have a lot to say about it, but I think Kelvin has said everything that needed saying.
It is no secret that I love being at St Mary’s. It would be simplistic and ridiculous to say that I am there only for its inclusive ethos — I am there for a lot of reasons and that is only part of it. But when I first came to Glasgow, I went there for one service and only one service, as a stop-gap, if you will, before I got down to the business of looking for a ‘proper’ church. A not-the-cathedral church. A church-that-could-be-home church. The service that I went to was on the same day as the first blessing of a civil partnership to be conducted by St Mary’s, and it was in that service that the couple were remembered in the intercessions. It was that that made me make the decision to stick around for a bit and to see if maybe this place could be my place. That will be five years ago in September.
I tell people that, at St Mary’s, I found everything I never knew I was looking for.
So, yes, I am proud. I’m proud to have been at Pride today with people who prove to me every day that God is love and that God is not hate. I’m proud to belong to a place that proclaims every week that all — all — are welcome. And I know I don’t speak only for myself when I say that I’m proud of Kelvin, too.
Margaret Mead once said that we should never doubt the ability of a small number of thoughtful, committed people to change the world.
It’s the only thing that ever has.
Glasgow Pride takes place on this coming Saturday, 14th July, assembling at 11am in Kelvingrove Park.
A contingent of folk from St Mary’s Cathedral plans to walk in the parade from Kelvin Way to George Square. It is open to anyone who would like to walk with us — to people who are LGBT and people who are not, to people who are friends and families and allies to the LGBT community, to people who are from the Scottish Episcopal Church and people who are from other traditions.
The gathering point is the steps of the Dumbarton Road entrance to the Kelvingrove Museum, at 10.45am.
There is a Facebook page for the event, or I can be got in touch with through the comments or via email.
Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter…