Thursday, October 23, 2008

Marin County Religious Leaders Offer Interfaith Response in Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Interfaith Service Set for Sunday, November 2nd, First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael

SAN RAFAEL -- On Sunday, November 2nd, at 7:00 PM, leaders of diverse faith traditions invite the community to gather at First Presbyterian Church, 1510 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael for an interfaith gathering in support of same-sex marriage. Featured music will include singer and local Pastor Curran Reichert of the Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, and world-renowned musician Richard "Scrumbly" Koldewyn.

“It doesn’t matter what one’s sexual orientation is; what matters is that they are supported in their healthy, loving relationships,” says Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr. “And what better place to be supported, than within their communities of faith?”

“Same-sex couples in California now have the right to marry, just as they should” says Paula Pilecki, Executive Director of Spectrum LGBT Center, which promotes equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. “Proposition 8 would eliminate that right. This event is a call to people of every faith, to say ‘No’ to injustice.”

Service leaders and speakers include:

  • Rev. Sam Alexander, First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael
  • Michael Barenbaum, Rabbi Emeritus, former Rabbi of Congregation Rodef Sholom
  • Sylvia Boorstein, teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • Rev. Annie and Dr. Victoria Steinberg Behrman
  • Rev. Judith Fleenor, Staff Minister at Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living
  • David Hanson and Jeffrey Owen
  • Chris Highland, former Marin Interfaith Chaplain
  • Rev. Carol Hovis, Executive Director, Marin Interfaith Council
  • Father David Matz C.PP.S. Missionary of the Precious Blood
  • Sister Elizabeth Padilla, Brahma Kumaris Worldwide Spiritual Organization
  • Paula Pilecki, Executive Director, Spectrum LGBT Center
  • Rev. Sara Vurek, speaking from a Tibetan Buddhist Perspective

Please say NO to the elimination of same-sex marriage! Go to

CONTACT: Paula Pilecki, Spectrum Center (415) 457-1115 ext. 209
Rev. Doug Huneke, Westminster Presbyterian Church, (415) 383-5272