It’s a great honour that Pride Cymru takes place within the Diocese of Llandaff… and we are gearing up to celebrate Pride with the LGBT+ community this August Bank Holiday. We’ll be using #WhereLoveMatters on social so feel free to follow and share.
Once again we’re partnering with The Gathering, the Cardiff LGBT+ worship group, to host the Faith Tent at Pride Cymru on Saturday 24 August. We’ll also be marching in the parade with supporters from our many churches.
One of the highlights is our Eucharist service for LGBT+ people, this year led by Revd. Sarah Jones, from St John the Baptist Church, Cardiff.
The Right Revd June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff, is proud to celebrate Pride. She says, “It’s a privilege once again to be supporting Pride Cymru. The Faith Tent seeks to celebrate the spirit of acceptance I can think of no better context than Pride Cymru to show our LGBT sisters and brothers that they are truly loved.”
Bishop June adds, “I’m so very proud that many of our clergy and people of faith will be taking part in Pride Cymru. It is an opportunity to give witness to a core Christian belief – that Jesus calls each individual to know their own worth and identity, to know themselves blessed by God, and he bids all relationships to be built on love and acceptance.
“Society today still needs to work towards ensuring that such a message informs our attitudes and behaviour in years to come.”
The Faith Tent is also hosting a series of events for all ages, including family arts and crafts sessions, an LGBT Interfaith panel and Will Moore, from the BBC Wales series Young Welsh and Pretty Religious, speaking about his experiences as a bisexual Christian. Music will be performed by worship band Blessed Sacrament.
Watch Revd. Rosemary Hills tell us what else we can expect from the Faith Tent.
Revd. Sarah Jones says, “I’m delighted to be leading the Eucharist service at Pride Cymru this year. I hope everyone who attends has a great time and I hope in the week that follows they can feel good about themselves and realise that they matter in this world.”
Revd Sarah recorded a special video explaining what Pride means to the church.
Sarah also wrote our Pride prayer.
From Bishop June, and all of us at the Diocese of Llandaff, we wish everyone a joyful and safe Pride weekend.