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April 7, 2019

City Square Church at the Phoenix Pride Parade

Join us in the 2019 Phoenix Pride Parade!

City Square Church proudly participates in the Phoenix Pride Parade every year.

Instead of our regular Sunday Service at Primera Iglesia on Sunday, April 7th, we will meet at 9:30 AM at 3rd Street and Windsor Ave (south of Thomas) and be in the Phoenix Pride Parade.

The parade starts at 10AM with check-in from 8-9:30AM.

The parade route ends at Steele Indian School Park. If you drive, you may want to start the day at the Camelback Park and Ride and take the light rail to Thomas. Then when the parade concludes, you can take the light rail back to your vehicle. If you live along the light rail route, the light rail is convenient for that day.

April 4, 2019

#Churchout: Pride Night

Join us the Thursday before Phoenix Pride for #ChurchOut at Boycott Bar, a citywide open mic night expressing the sorrows and celebrating the joys of being LGBTQ+ in a church or religious community.

Calling all LGBTQ+ musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers, comedians and other artists interested in sharing their story or expression about coming out in the church or religious community.

If you have questions or wish to share your story anonymously feel free to email [email protected]

#ChurchOut T-shirts available at
www.VideoGameDame.Threadless.com

October 11, 2018

National Coming Out Day: #ChurchOut

Coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied takes bravery, and it takes even more bravery when coming out in the religious community! In partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, we’re hosting #ChurchOut, a citywide open expression celebration for the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, 6:30pm, Thursday, October 11, at Boycott Bar!

Calling all LGBTQ and ally musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers, comedians, and any other artists interested in sharing at the celebration. Get there early to sign up on the performers’ list.

FREE ADMISSION (but the drinks will cost you!)

October 7, 2018

CSQ’s National Coming Out Day: #ChurchOut Sunday

In honor of the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, City Square Church is excited to host a #ChurchOut celebration Sunday, October 7, at 10am. #ChurchOut is an opportunity to foster compassion and understanding of the journey of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers living openly in a religious community.

#ChurchOut Sunday will feature four tellers who’ll share stories about coming out as a teenager, a minister, a couple and the yet-unfolding journey of learning to trust people of faith.

Our primary goal for this event is to facilitate reconciliation between the LGBTQ community and the church by:
1. Listening to stories by our LGBTQ friends
2. Repenting as a church for our callous response to the LGBTQ community
3. Committing to support other faith communities that provide safe and affirming space for LGBTQ individuals

(NOTE: This is the first of a two-part celebration. The citywide #ChurchOut event is scheduled for 6pm, Thursday, Oct. 11, at Boycott Bar – https://www.facebook.com/events/242134943174508/.)

October 3, 2018

Community Forum: Coming Out in PHX

October is National Coming Out month. So what does coming out look like in Phoenix today? Ashton and Janine Skinner will lead an interactive exercise highlighting the experiences of so many of our neighbors, coworkers, and church members. Come hear, reflect, and share your thoughts about how we as a community might be called to respond!

April 8, 2018

City Square Church at the Phoenix Pride Parade

City Square Church will not be meeting at Primera Iglesia this Sunday, April 8th. We will be participating in the Phoenix Pride Parade instead.

The parade starts at 10AM with check-in from 8-9:30AM. On the day of the parade, we will meet at the Camelback Road park-n-ride light rail stop at 8:15 AM or at the line-up location on the East side of 3rd Street near Windsor Ave at 9:30 AM.

If you would like to have a newly redesigned City Square Pride T-shirt, please fill out the form here: https://citysquarechurch.breezechms.com/form/b7fbf5433327

A donation of $25 will offset the cost of a shirt.

May 7, 2015

Phoenix Pride: A Reflection

City Square Pride

This is a guest post from City Square Church member, Tiffany Brown

The morning of April 12 was a morning of celebration. The City Square logo received a colorful Phoenix Pride Parade-worthy makeover and our t-shirts served as symbols of alliance and solidarity. Lisa and Everett Van Aller showed up with a wagon of supplies, City Square-stickered candy to hand out, and baby Elliott in tow – clearly the cutest member of our group. We broke bread and took communion in a Phoenix park-and-ride lot before joining the masses of feathers, leather, glitter, and happiness ready to walk – no, strut down 3rd Street.

Ben and Teneia Eichelberger saved the day, morphing a mic stand into a banner holder. Sam Richard served as our unofficial hype man, handing out candy, running the lines giving high fives, and “getting low” to the club music that poured out of the double-decker bus in front of us. We all made jokes about the possibility of getting lung cancer from the smog billowing out of said bus, but made those jokes while smiling and still committed to walk, our health be damned! I passed out blue feather boas and participated in a dance party or five on the sidelines of the Phoenix Pride Parade as we walked for equality and understanding.

But I dreaded the last quarter of a mile of the parade, that wide, slow turn onto Indian School, because that’s where anti-gay protesters were set up, shouting hurtful rhetoric through megaphones, boasting neon signs that proclaimed people would go to hell, simply for falling in love. The church-affiliated demonstrators quoted Leviticus between their hateful slurs, trying to make scripture stick to rainbow balloons and furry go-go boots. It all seemed so strange against the backdrop of even louder dance music, its volume strategic, trying to drown out the hate.

Our group stood there for awhile in front of the protesters, holding the City Square banner high, taking a stand and showing these picketers that there is place for all of us in religion, faith, love, and peace, because these concepts are not independent of each other, but rather intertwined pieces of a meaningful life, a life everyone should be allowed without prejudice or judgment.

I thought to myself, What are these protesters experiencing? And seriously, what do they hope to gain?

Looking back, I would imagine they were feeling frustration, anxiety, and intolerance?all of those troublesome emotions you generally experience when trying to convince someone that you’re definitively right?simply because your paradigms don’t match up.

I asked myself more questions are I watched them scream and taunt everyone who walked past, trying desperately to be heard.

What good can be found in tearing down others instead of trying to understand them? What good can be found in condemning love in a world that desperately needs all the love it can get? What would these protesters feel when they went home that night?

I suddenly, and gratefully, realized that I would never know the answers to these questions, because City Square is a faith community that would never dream of being on the other side of the barricades.

Instead, we’re a faith community built on the values of acceptance, equality, love, and compassion – a community that doesn’t need a megaphone to be heard – a community willing to walk a mile in another person’s stilettos to show our unity and alliance – a community that accepts every single person trying to figure out this exhausting, joyful, fleeting moment in the sun called life.

And that’s when I felt true pride that day, walking away from the shouts of misunderstanding and unhappiness, leaving it behind and moving forward with my brothers and sisters in faith toward the light.