In solidarity with those whom churches have sometimes pushed to the margins, Los Altos United Methodist Church and members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus raise our voices together for an evening of worship and song on Sunday, March 10, 5:00–6:15pmin Creekside. The evening features special guest Bobby Jo Valentine. Bobby Jo is a multi-faceted songwriter and storyteller who grew up on the seaside of Northern California. He’s given a Ted Talk, been awarded WCSA Song of the Year three times, is an out gay advocate for equal rights for all, and has performed thousands of times around the globe.
The United Methodist Church’s decades-long disagreement over whether and how to include LGBTQ persons in the life of the Church comes to a decisive moment at the end of February. Los Altos United Methodist Church has long been committed to full inclusion. In fact, we’ve taken steps to underline that commitment in new ways in the last year. We don’t know how the decisions of this global Conference will come out—so whether this concert will be a celebration or an act of resistance is a little unclear right now. But we are absolutely certain that no matter what the result of the Conference, this United Methodist church will remain a partner in the work of making the Church a safe and welcoming and at-home place for every person, regardless of sexual or gender orientation. – Senior Pastor Kathi McShane
For more than 40 years, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has courageously served as the international standard bearer for a powerful and accomplished mix of performances, human rights and community activism, empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBTQ organizations. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC has established a heightened level of performance standards bringing renewed audience and choral industry acclaim.
It is a treat to have Bobby Jo and members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus under one roof at LAUMC. Join us for an inspiring and powerful evening!