WNY Pride Interfaith Committee

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Origin Story

Niagara Pride has been speaking with spiritual leaders from a few Niagara County based faith organizations and churches. In June 2021, Niagara Pride hosted an interfaith service as part of Pride Month with faith leaders from 6 different denominations holding an affirming service. The response to this event was positive and opened the door for dialogue on how local churches or other faith-based organizations can meet the spiritual needs of the local LGBTQ+ community while being affirming and celebrating diversity. This has led to the creation of the WNY Pride Interfaith Committee.

About the Committee

The WNY Pride Interfaith Committee is a workgroup of Niagara Pride that builds collaboration among faith leaders to promote the affirmation of LGBTQ+ individuals within the context of spiritual communities. The goal of the committee is to have faith leaders from various denominations and religious organizations throughout WNY work together to identify and meet the spiritual needs of the local LGBTQ+ population in addition to organizing annual interfaith ceremonies and brainstorming additional efforts to increase awareness of LGBTQ-affirming faith traditions.

Get Involved

We ask clergy, spiritual leaders, and individuals associated with faith-based organizations located in WNY to contact us to be part of this committee. To join or receive more information, contact info@niagarapride.org.

The next meeting will be in January 2022.

Committee Members

St Peter’s Episcopal Church
140 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-282-1717
office@stpetersniagarafalls.org
* Rev. Helen Harper
* Rev. Patrick Bradley

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara Falls
639 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
716-285-8381
http://www.firstuunf.org/
uuniagara@gmail.com
* Rev. Susan Frawley
* Peter Diachun

Riverside Presbyterian Church
815 84th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
716-283-9752
http://www.riversidepc.org/
riversidepres@msn.com
* Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch

Lockport United Church of Christ
98 East Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094
716-433-2545
http://www.lockportucc.com/
lockportunited@roadrunner.com
* Pastor Rick Danielson

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
https://elca.org/
* Rev. Michael Keicher
mikefromwny@aol.com