On Wednesday, June 21 - a beautiful summer evening - more than 100 loving souls gathered to celebrate and give thanks for the gifts and presence of our LGBTQ community at St. Joan of Arc. Following reflections on the gifts that all the colors of the rainbow bring to our human experience, we pinned ribbons on our rainbow flag with names of loved ones and words of hope and gratitude. This flag will be carried by the SJA contingent in the Pride Parade. Ann Reed sang her glorious music and a family story of love was shared by Kris Berggren and Ben Olk. Fr. Jim Cassidy reminded us to celebrate the movement we have made toward inclusion for all of God's people, and centered us in prayer for the justice work that lies ahead. Thanks to the SJA Prayer Partners who planned this wonderful evening, and to musicians Fred and Anna Vagle. We are blessed on this journey together, aren't we?