June is Pride Month. Beginning the first weekend in June, cities around the United States host Pride events, festivals and parades. The Twin Cities Pride Festival is June 22nd-23rd this year. New York City Pride is hosting a full month of WorldPride events, culminating with a parade on June 30th. This year we are remembering and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Few remember the details of June 28, 1969, but the legacy of the Stonewall Inn is that it launched the gay rights movement.
What will be Parkway's legacy? (Hey, maybe they'll name the senior living building "The Parkway.") Some people will remember us as the church whose building served the neighborhood. Our building has been used by an after-school program, a social service agency, several other churches and for AA meetings. Others will remember us as the church who responded to needs of the neighborhood. When students at a local school needed socks, we collected socks. When neighbors needed food, we put together meal bags. Still others will remember our inclusive welcome proudly displayed in the rainbow panels hanging in front of the church. There will be those who will remember our yard sales and walking tacos. Others will remember our commitment to serving St. Anne's Place and Families Moving Forward. Some may not know our name, but they will remember hats, gloves, mittens, toys, games, books, school supplies and other gifts we contributed. I also hope we will be remembered as the church that physically left North Minneapolis but did not abandon its residents or organizations. We will continue to serve!
What do you think our legacy will be?
I hope we are remembered as those church people who acted like Jesus.