Days of Prayer
The year is winding down, but at POFEV we are gearing up for events and activities for equality in 2012—beginning with our annual legislative Prayer Breakfast on January 18 and the annual Marriage Equality Witness on February 14. That is in addition to weekly prayer sessions at the General Assembly in January and February.
The Prayer Breakfast has become an eagerly awaited annual event during the General Assembly session—this year, as last, it will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Grace Street across from Capitol Square. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Relationships,” and will feature voices of LGBT couples who seek full marriage legal equality (knowing that their marriages are equal to others in all other respects). The breakfast begins at 7:00 am (so that legislators can attend) and the cost is $20.
Why do we breakfast and pray? Praying is what marks people of faith, and sets us apart from others who simply lobby.
Of course, we can pray for equality by ourselves, and I hope you do. But our faith traditions encourage us to gather as well, and to do so joyfully. So we gather at the beginning of the day to break bread with one another. We also hope that some legislators have not made other commitments so they can join us. Some do each year. It is more difficult to get them at lunch time.
Our prayers have several foci. First, we gather to give God thanks for the service of our legislators and other leaders. Second, we gather to make witness for equality. Third, we gather to claim and give thanks for the power that God gives us to create change, and to encourage ourselves to use it. Keep reading...