Marking Five Years of Marriage Equality
St. Luke’s is marking the fifth anniversary of marriage equality on Sunday, June 28 with the live streamed Holy Eucharist honoring St. Luke’s same-sex couples and celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ people to the church.
Matthew Michael Brown, director of music, has planned a program of music by openly gay, American composers, including Sally Ann Morris, David Conte, William Bradley Roberts, Ned Rorem, and Richard Webster. Hymns will feature beautiful texts and tunes from Songs for the Holy Other, a hymn resource published by the Hymn Society of America to support LGTBQ communities.
Especially for that Sunday, St. Luke’s has commissioned Morris, an internationally acclaimed composer and member of Wake Forest’s School of Divinity, to create a special hymn for the occasion. Although offered a commission, she was so moved by St, Luke’s efforts she stated her work will be a gift. The tune will be named “St. Luke’s Atlanta.”
In addition to LGBTQ members serving as readers, the sermon will address the topic of LGBTQ inclusion in the church, and the Adult Forum will focus on this topic as well. Lee Harper Vason is recording a liturgical dance piece to be aired during the service.
For the days leading up to this Sunday and for a slideshow to be included in the broadcast, St. Luke’s is asking couples of all persuasions to submit wedding or union photos to help us cele-brate marriage for everyone. Please e-mail your photos to [email protected]